Rosh HaShanah is the Jewish New Year festival held on the first day of Tishri (usually in September), and ten days before the Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). Tishri (Sept.) is believed to be the month where God created the world. Together these holidays are referred to as Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe) or the High Holy Days.
During the Holy High Days God decides who will live and who will die in the coming year, so Jews take on the serious task of examining their lives and ask for forgiveness for any wrong they have done in the year past. This process is called teshuvah. It is a holiday filled with hope for the New Year.