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2 hours ago, Randomguy said:

You should go tie one on to celebrate, I think it is Hannakuh or Ramadan or somesuch today.

FTR, of ALL the Jewish (or most religions' holidays), Rosh Hashanah is the LEAST "bizarre" of any of them.

IOW, humans like time and dates. You really need some sort of clock and calendar system to get through things, and so - regardless of the goofiness of the origins or that it has been superseded by the current calendar system - it does at least make sense and was reproducible and could be followed.

Originally, the date of Rosh Hashanah was determined based on observation of the new moon ("molad"), and thus could fall on any day of the week. However, around the third century CE, the Hebrew calendar was fixed, such that the first day of Rosh Hashanah never falls out on Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday.[54][55]

Rosh Hashanah occurs 163 days after the first day of Passover, and thus is usually (but not always) determined by the new moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

In terms of the Gregorian calendar, the earliest date on which Rosh Hashanah can fall is 5 September, as happened in 1842, 1861, 1899, and 2013. The latest Gregorian date that Rosh Hashanah can occur is 5 October, as happened in 1815, 1929, and 1967, and will happen again in 2043. After 2089, the differences between the Hebrew calendar and the Gregorian calendar will result in Rosh Hashanah falling no earlier than 6 September. Starting in 2214, the new latest date will be 6 October.[56]

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