history of the Jewish people is closely connected with religion.Celebrations devoted to the events described in the scriptures.They involve certain customs.

In Israel, celebrating four new years and it's not the first of January.The beginning of each month and the last day of the week, according to tradition, the same holidays.Everything happens according to Jewish tradition.

Holiday Saturday

Shabbat - at rest, time for family and friendship.On Saturday, no one works, even animals.

The Sabbath can not turn on the lights, Friday night a woman lighting candles.They put on a festive table.Before the meal read prayers over wine and bread.Wine is poured all present.

Friday prepared cholent - dish of beans or beans with meat and spices.Before serving the dish all the time is in the oven, this is especially tasty.Eat Saturday and gefilte fish.

Holidays and customs

In the New Year, that the Jews are beginning to celebrate in September - October, decided to think about living, about their attitude to others and to God.It is a time of repentance and good intentions.

usually eat symbolic food.Apples and honey, to the new year was a generous and sweet.Fish head, to be head.Pomegranate to merit became numerous, like pomegranate seeds.

Yom Kippur - the holiest day of the year.Twenty-five hours of religious Jews fast, do not wash, do not wear leather shoes.Praying in the Synagogue."Day of Atonement" concludes twang ram's horn - the shofar.

In November - December Hanukkah in Israel.When evening comes, light fixtures (Chanukah) above the entrance to the house or on a windowsill.Every day adds new flame until they become eight.

is customary at this time of preparing donuts and potato pancakes.Children vacations.

most cheerful holiday - Purim - celebrated in late February.Arrange carnivals, dancing, having fun.On the festive table sweets, wine, cakes and the most important meal of Purim - gomentashen (triangular pastry with poppy seeds and raisins).

In March - April Jews Pesach (Passover).Prepared in advance for the holiday: the house makes all the dishes of sour dough.On the table is served matzah (unleavened bread), which may be eaten for seven days.

Weddings and a Funeral

wedding in Israel is called Kiddushin, which means dedication.The bride is committed to the groom.Celebrate the wedding is usually outdoors.Above the heads of the bride and groom hold a special canopy - blasphemy.It symbolizes their common home.Guests and hosts feast seven days.

procedure before the funeral was very difficult.From the house of the deceased carried the furniture.Neighbors poured all the water.A family tore their clothes.Now just read prayers over the dead, and in the synagogue, and the incision is made on the lapel.At the cemetery, the Jews did not bring flowers.According to custom put on the grave stone.