Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Holy Days

What are the Spring Holy Days and why do we observe them each year?:

Passover is a time to remember and commemorate the Exodus from Egypt and to focus on using this positive annual window to raise consciousness.

In the same way that Paul stated that the account of Abraham was an allegory (see Gal 4:21-27), so too was the historical account of the Passover -- i.e., the slaughter of the first-born Egyptian sons, the escape from Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, and the journey through the wilderness for 40 years, was all an allegorical portrayal of important Laws that must be fulfilled within one's own self as the disciples seeks to enter the Kingdom -- which is portrayed as the Promised Land in the Torah.   The Law of Moses could only take the Children of Israel to a certain point in their journey, in the allegorical portrayal while Moses was able to lead them through the wilderness, it was Joshua (Yeshua/Jesus) who had to lead them across the Jordan and into the Promised Land.   And when the spiritual meaning of the allegory is understood, this reality remains true even in our present day.    Which means that the opening of the mind of the disciples -- as well as the personal and spiritual meaning of the scriptures where it is written: "Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures" (Luke 24:45) -- possesses an entirely different meaning than what is generally realized by the modern faith-based congregation of believers. 

Yeshua/Jesus was crucified on the Passover, because from the perspective of the Final Birth, the Passover is representative of the most important Laws that a soul can embrace, utilize, and ultimately harness to bring about the Fulfillment of the Royal Law of Creator-God. Wise men have always utilized the Natural Forces of the earth and universe to their advantage -- and in the same way that a strong wind can carry a ship from one continent to another, a wise man who possesses the knowledge of the Forces and Laws of the earth can then harness those Laws to bring about both a Higher Manifestation of Consciousness and Reality within him -- which then enables a disciple of TheWay to bring about the next stage of birth.    When rightly understood, the scriptures are in fact a text book on the Forces and Laws of Mind and Being that has the power to open the seekers mind to a higher reality that few men are even aware of -- and ultimately enable the seeker/disciple to achieve Oneness with God.  

As you read about Passover and the Exodus from Egypt and ponder other spring traditions like Easter, perhaps it would be useful to think about:  
How does that apply to me personally?
What can I do to take advantage of the special time?

It is also suggested to read Allan’s page on Easter –vs- Passover at:

Spring Holy Days -  Passover

Passover starts at sundown, before the first full moon, after the Vernal Equinox (length of the daylight equals the length of the darkness). The Passover moon is the strongest of the year. On occasion there is a super-moon, when the moon is the closest to earth. If you are sensitive to energy then you may even feel your body vibrate as you draw energy from the Moon. For those who can feel the lunar energy, on the night of the Passover the power of the moon exceeds that of the sun -- i.e., it is a time of absolute feminine fullness.   The objective of seekers is to use this heightened energy as a catalyst to raise consciousness and penetrate to greater depths of mind within yourself.  

This strong Passover Full Moon in conjunction with the sun rising into the northern hemisphere, moves the Laws within your body which provides you a greater opportunity for soul-birth -- or drawing nearer to the soul-self.   In the Hebrew calendar there are two New Years -- i.e., the New Year in the fall is the time of physical birth -- and many of the original scriptures had Yeshua's birth on that day. Passover is the time of soul and spiritual birth -- and it denotes the spiritual transcending of the physical.

As a family, we use the unleavened bread -- lots of fruit and natural foods -- non-processed cheeses -- kosher grape juice and a little wine.   The objective is to maintain a heightened level of consciousness -- channeling the higher energy level within you -- which you can use to increase your conscious awareness.
During the Passover and Easter there are great numbers of Christians and Jews doing their ritualized prayers in an external manner -- and they are actually giving off energy which is drawn into a cosmic heightened state.   Often, women can feel this energy which is very lunar, and they can not only channel it within themselves, but they can pass it on into their husbands.

Passover is one of those cosmic intervals where you can channel some of the energy that is lost into nature by the vast majority of people who dwell in an unconscious stupor, and direct it inward in order to assist you in breaking down your own inner limitations -- seeking greater depth within yourself.  Of course, it helps to be prepared by living a holistic lifestyle and building upon the proper mindset -- feeding the mind with the proper thought-impressions -- and thus, a prepared mind and body, is able to utilize this cosmic interval in the endeavor to find greater depth within one's self. And if you are aware of not only the multitude within yourself -- but also of your higher soul-self -- you can utilize this power created by the cosmic interval to achieve greater birth within you.   This is why from a biblical perspective, physical birth is at the biblical New Year -- while the cycle of spiritual birth is at the Passover. 

Since soul-birth is achieved through incremental levels climbing up Jacob's Ladder, each Passover should be a time of achieving new and greater heights.The deeper meaning and significance of this Holy Day is between you and your Soul-self.

As you do in the physical, you do in the mind.

Passover Preparation and Celebration:

There is a focus on creating movement for the upcoming Holy Day, especially for the children. So, on the day of the feast...we want the children to be excited with anticipation. In turn, they help in the preparation, the cleaning, the cooking, the shopping, and talking about the Biblical story behind the Day.  

Ritual and tradition are important for children, and for families; that is something to consider for any celebrations. Rituals done for the sake of ritual can bring awareness. Rituals done with awareness can help us move the mind forward and develop consciousness.

When a large group of seekers are all in accord, as when all Jews celebrate the Passover at the prescribed instance of Cosmic Balance, the physical actually supercharges the soul and spiritual. Likewise, when the sun crosses over the equator, and the moon is full and reflects its Power, it can be likened to a Cosmic Sustained Elevated Energy Flow that the body of praying and Spiritual people can move upon and within in their endeavor to manifest the Kingdom in their body-vessel and their lives.    And a person of Wisdom becomes highly cognizant of these cycles that are presented both in the Bible and throughout life itself.   Thus, the Passover was instituted first in the scriptures, and they by Yeshua, because it is a time when the solar-male energy has returned to fullness as it crosses over the equator, and the lunar-feminine energy is full in a cycle of cosmic ovulation.   And since the lunar cycles affect the waters of the earth -- and our physical bodies are 90% water -- and women's own ovulation cycles are influenced by the moon -- these cycles can greatly enhance our efforts to bring about what Yeshua portrayed as the necessary subsequent stages of birth.

Preparation:  Starts as soon as possible!

In preparation we cook special foods, clean everything in sight...making sure we clean all the corners in our home, we give clothes to those in need, and most importantly, we remove leavened food from the cupboards and replace it with matzo and matzo meal. The children have voted shopping the most important and the most fun preparing for a feast...fruit and plenty of candy are theirs to enjoy this week. Watching "The Prince of Egypt" on DVD during the week prior to Passover is a popular enjoyment for the children.

Preparing your body and mind to be good ground for this special spiritual time can start as early as you are ready and may include things such as:

  • Read about the Exodus and Passover and Stages of Birth
  • Cleanse your body … Fasting, Fresh Air, Pure Water, Conscious Breathing
  • Clear your home of excess… declutter and pass those things to others who can use them
  • Finish unfinished projects or cancel them
  • Spend time in nature …. walk among the trees and animals, hear the sounds of nature, gaze upon water and see your own reflection there, feel the sunlight on your face, cooled by the breeze, plant a new perennial in your yard and watch it grow and change through the seasons
  • Remove the leaven from your home and your heart
  • Silence your brain and check in with your heart ( ie: pray, meditate, ponder, sing)
  • Plan a wonderful feast for the start of Passover.. which is at the First Sundown of the First Full Moon following the Spring Equinox
  • Involve all members of the family and friends in getting ready

Celebration:    Passover starts at Sundown on April 3rd, 2015

That first night of Passover (Sunset on the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox), we are all excited and someone tells the story of Exodus from Egypt. The children also like to help and they interact with the story telling. They get wide-eyed when told about the Angel of Death passing over "Israel" (meaning seeker) in Egypt and killing the first-born sons.

The favorite part is when we go through the plagues. After each plague Pharaoh is going to let the slaves go. And then we ask them, "But what happens?" In unison they reply, "God hardened Pharaoh's heart and he wouldn't let them go." One of the children then says, "He wouldn't release the slaves, so God sent another plague."
While this story is being told we are enjoying many different foods and enjoy our time with family and friends… enjoying the positive cycle that Passover ushers in each year.

Contemplation and Remembrance:  7 Days

Then for seven days we eat matzo and food that is unleavened.  

In Exodus, the Jews had to leave by night so quickly that the bread did not have time to rise, so it was unleavened bread during the escape from Egypt. Additionally in general, the biblical references to leaven imply sin and disobedience. While the opposite is unleavened bread, the manna from heaven.

Exodus 12:33-34, Leviticus 23:4-8, 1 Corinthians 5:6-8

Also during this time, we focus on raising our consciousness. Spend quality time with family and friends. Spend quality time with yourself! Take time to think about these things during this special cosmic window of balance and union, Passover:

  • What do the slaves and Egypt represent in my life?
  • What are the plagues I battle? Why?
  • Where is my Moses personality? Where is my Pharaoh personality?
  • Why were the first born sons killed?
  • Why only unleavened bread during Passover and what does leaven represent in me?
  • Why do we even keep the Holy Days?
  • What pattern are they trying to teach?
  • Why was Passover designated as the timing for Jesus’ Last Supper, Crucifixion and Resurrection?

Blessings on your Passover......
May you exodus from Egypt and be
on your way to the Promised Land.

When are the Spring Holy Days Observed? :

Passover starts at the sundown immediately before the first full moon of the Spring Equinox

o    Passover 2015 starts at Sundown on April 3, 2015 (in the US and Canada…  see notes below for calculating Holy Days in other areas/time zones)

o    Sundown at the start of Passover opens with a feast and the reading of the  biblical Exodus

o    Then unleavened bread for 7 days

  •      Focus on activities to raise your consciousness

The Passover moon is the strongest moon of the year

Specifically, here is the Spring Holy Day schedule for 2015 in the Americas/Canada:

NASA Sky Calendar Dates Eastern Time Zone US:

Full Moon

Last Quarter

New Moon

Total Solar Eclipse

Vernal Equinox

First Quarter

Partial Lunar Eclipse

Full Moon


Calculation Method to identify the start of Passover:

First full moon following Spring Equinox = Apr 4th, 2015…
Sundown directly before that Spring  Equinox Full Moon = Sundown in Apr 3rd, 2015…

Passover 2015 starts at Sundown on April 3rd, 2015

Note: Jewish Tradition is that the day starts at sundown... so that is why we back up to the sundown on the day of the Spring Equinox Full Moon to set when Passover starts. Essentially that Sundown is the start of the Full Moon day.

Special Observation for 2015 Passover: 
It is interesting that there is a Solar Eclipse on the same day at the Spring Equinox and a Lunar Eclipse on the same day at the Passover Full Moon. This does not occur every Passover.  Is there significance to this unusual event?

For time zones outside of the Americas/Canada but in the Northern Hemisphere (ie: Europe)… please use the websites below to confirm your correct lunar schedule.

For those in the Southern Hemisphere, it is completely opposite (ie: Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere is Spring in the Southern Hemisphere)! See this Nazirene Library post for further information:

Be careful, some printed calendars and websites are not accurate on lunar dates. Here are a couple of websites to use as a reference: 

Further References:


Old Testament:  Exodus

Gospel of the Nazirenes:  Passover references specifically starting with Chapter 69

Allan’s  Easter-vs-Passover page:

TheWay Online Library Posts:

Cosmos Primer 101:

What are the equinox and moon phases?    Why are they important for the Seasons and Holy Days?:

      New Beginning (RH)  =  New Moon at Autumn Equinox    =  Negative Cycle

      Passover                    =       Full Moon at Spring Equinox  =  Positive Cycle

The equinox is a point of balance in the earth since the sun is passing over the earth’s equator, thus making day and night equal. We have 2 earth equinox events a year, Spring and Autumn.

Think of the Autumn Equinox as menstruation in the earth (negative cycle) and the Spring Equinox as ovulation (positive cycle).

At Passover, the significance of the Full Moon at the Spring Equinox is that the earth is in balance, going into the positive, and the moon phase is full, a corresponding positive. The male and female are in union.

The Spring Equinox marks the start of the positive cycle as earth is tilted toward the sun with equal days and nights. And the moon is also in its positive cycle at Passover when it is a full moon thus fully reflecting the sun’s light.

While it is the sun (male) that has the life-giving light, it is the moon (feminine) that controls the movements of the tides and currents of the earth. While on a physical level, the third force is the interaction that can be seen as a child born of the male/female union, whatever is in the physical is an allegorical representation of higher truths of the mind and spirit.   And in the allegory of the male/female interaction on a physical level of being, the male is the constant -- always seen in the constant of the sun -- always seen in the constant desire for sex.   It is the feminine that controls everything.   The feminine always moves in cycles -- i.e., intuitive/reflective.  These cycles are at the heart of everything!  

Males generate electricity by a constant magnetic force with a revolving armature (feminine) that produces electricity by breaking the lines of force in the magnetized field.   All of life can be viewed in this fashion by seeing it at a slower rate of movement.   Moreover, even your breath is a interaction between the higher mind that is in the Etheric as it cycles in and out of the body changing the polarity from negative to positive.   But it is important to understand that while the constant (male) is necessary for everything to exist, it is the form and the cyclic movement (feminine) that brings it forth.  

Just as there are seasons in earthly weather… there are also seasons in terms of spirituality.The key underlying concept on the timing for Holy Day is to observe them during the matched cosmic cycles.

This is an open window cosmically where there is balance and momentum …so observing the proper movement at the proper time externally (cosmic) as well as internally provides a rare spiritual growth opportunity that only a few people take advantage of.

Day / Night
Sun / Moon
Positive / Negative
Masculine / Feminine

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Autumn Holy Days

Setting the Direction for the Entire New Year Ahead

The start of the Biblical New Year is the Holy Day of New Beginnings (Rosh Hashanah or RH) and it occurs based upon the Autumn Equinox. The objective of New Beginnings is to let go of one’s past attachments and karma under the Laws. Sunset on the Autumn Equinox New Moon evening starts this Autumn Holy Day Season with the Holy Day of New Beginnings (RH) , which occurs this year at sunset on Oct 4th, 2013. 
The Equinox is the key element and it is what makes our Holy Day calendar calculation different than traditional Jewish Rosh Hashanah dates.  An Equinox is when there is balance …. night and day, moon and sun, feminine and masculine are equal. This occurs cosmically as the sun passes over the earth’s equator resulting in day and night being equal…. 12 hours of darkness and 12 hours of daylight.
How we direct our thoughts on the first day of a New Moon in many ways determines what we experience for the rest of the cycle, be it monthly or most especially at this annual cosmic Holy Day of New Beginnings. The New moon is always the start of a cycle … it is when the moon (feminine) is  not reflecting any of the sun’s light (masculine). 

Introduction to the Cosmic Nature of The Holy Days

The equinox is a point of balance in the earth since the sun is passing over the earth’s equator, thus making days and night equal… 12 hours of daylight balanced with 12 hours of darkness. We have 2 equinox events a year on earth, Spring and Autumn. 

At the Autumn Equinox, there is balance, and the earth is shifting into the negative cycle as it is tilting away from the sun and the north pole is in complete twilight. This cosmic event is a window of opportunity and by embracing these cycles, we create movement within our lives, much like the initial swing of a pendulum.

Moon Phases:

1 = New Moon = Negative Moon Phase (not reflecting sunlight)

5 = Full Moon =  Positive Moon Phase (moon is fully reflecting sunlight) 

The Holy Day of New Beginnings (aka Rosh Hashanah) is the Biblical New Year, it is the beginning of new cycles in the earth and in our lives. We calculate this New Beginning as the Autumn Equinox New Moon. The Autumn Equinox is when the earth is moving into a negative cycle and the New Moon is the corresponding phase -- the negative cycle of the moon. The two cycles are in balance. Of course, negative is used to describe the polarity of the cycle, not to imply that it is bad.
      New Beginning (RH)         =       New Moon at Autumn Equinox                =  Negative Cycle
      Passover                         =       Full Moon at Spring Equinox                   =  Positive Cycle

Think of the Autumn Equinox as menstruation in the earth (negative cycle) and the Spring Equinox as ovulation (positive cycle). The significance of the Full Moon at the Spring Equinox is that the earth is in balance, going into the positive, and the moon phase is full, corresponding. The male and female are in union. And vice versa for the New Year.  Sukkot is the full moon after the Autumn Equinox -- the phases aren't in synch. It accomplishes as much as having sex during menstruation. Probably there is significance to all of the Biblical Holy Days, but Passover and the New Year are the most important -- just as menstruation and ovulation are the most important times in a woman's cycle.
When we embrace the outward cycles and balance in the earth, it acts as gateway within -- as without, so within.


Start NOW …. Preparation for Autumn Holy Days

Clearing out the Clutter and Cleaning… Making Space for the New

Your home is an allegorical representation of your mind and it influences your energy flow.

Part of preparing for the new cycles, a big part of preparing, is:
  • cleaning your home
  • pulling old clothes out of the closets
  • giving away what you don't need
  • throwing out what is garbage

If you have unfinished projects, complete them or discard them. By physically removing clutter and such from your home, you are getting rid of the old to make way for the new. What you do to your home, affects your mind and this is part of preparing for the Holy Days. When we clean up the physical, it sets in motion the cleaning of the spiritual.

Another area to clean up is your body, your temple.

Fasting is a good idea...BEFORE the Autumn Holy Days, not during other than the Day of Atonement.

Fasting is cleaning your body, preparing for the new cycles, to make room for growth and for light. A basic three day fast is good for beginners -- you can go to a week, if you're more experienced. It depends a lot on what you've done before -- you can do an apple fast, juice fast, water fast for three days. Apple and juice fasts are usually good for beginners.

Of course this is based on your personal health and you should seek the appropriate medical advice. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, should not fast at all.

The theme is: cleaning, out with the old, prepare for the new.
Start with your home, then your body, then you can try to assess your life and decide what you need to work on or get rid of. Spend some time thinking about what you've done this last year, what you've accomplished, what challenges you've faced... what you want to accomplish this coming year, etc. 
Everyone is at different places in their life and it’s all going to be different for each of us, but the theme is going forward into a new cycle, a new beginning, and having a celebration once the preparation work is done.

Holy Day of New Beginnings (Rosh Hashanah)

Joyous Arrival of the New Cycle and a Powerful Opportunity to Make Important Changes  

Starting at sundown on Oct 4th,2013   (in the Americas/Canada in the Northern Hemisphere) 

The Holy Day of New Beginnings (RH) begins at sundown on the Autumn Equinox New Moon. This year we celebrate the Day of New Beginnings (RH) at sundown on October 4th, 2013 in Americans/Canada in the Northern Hemisphere. If you live in another region, please see the last page of this newsletter for a date calculation discussion.

It is a celebration, the beginning of the new year, new cycle -- it's an important time to spend with family and community. This is a time to remember and commemorate God's creation. We remember and announce our Blessings for the past year, asking in prayer that the following year be Blessed.
The Biblical New Year is a feast and celebration. Our meal includes many things... sweet foods, grape juice, candies, fruits, nuts and cheeses. Sweet foods symbolize the coming of a sweet year.

Make a good meal that everyone enjoys, anything that puts you into a festive state of mind.

The abundance is a Blessing! Our prayers are for peace and spiritual growth in the coming year.  Take time to bless your food and each other before you eat. Food, family and friends are all blessings that have been given to us to enjoy and appreciate. It is with deep gratitude we celebrate all creation on this Holy Day especially! 

If you do not already have a family meal blessing, perhaps you would like to consider this one:

Mother-Father God
Take us to the Light
Let our Food be Blessed, and
Our Karma Burnt
Thank-you God, Amen

Spend quality time together, play music, enjoying the feast and each other!
As you do in the physical, you do in the mind.

Rituals done just for the sake of ritual can bring awareness. Rituals that are done with awareness help us move the mind forward and develop consciousness. With this knowledge, we can embrace the patterns and holographic nature of reality.

Holy Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

Repentance, Fasting and Forgiveness — The Holy Day of Atonement 
Starting at sundown on Oct 14th,2013   (in the Americas/Canada in the Northern Hemisphere)

The Day of Atonement starts on the 10th sundown after The Holy Day of New Beginnings (RH) .

This year we celebrate the Day of Atonement (YK) at sundown on October 14th, 2013 in Americans/Canada in the Northern Hemisphere. If you live in another region, please see the last page of this newsletter for a date calculation discussion.
The theme of this day is atonement through fasting, and forgiveness of those we hold a grievance against. It is a time to ponder and reflect over the past year and…

  • Repent
  • Forgiveness
  • "Be Right" with friends, family, and our Soul-self

Fasting cleans your body, prepares for new cycles and makes room for growth. So we fast on this day,
No food and only water to drink from sundown Oct 14, 2013 to  sundown Oct 15, 2013.
Of course fasting observation is based upon your personal health and you should seek the appropriate medical advice Including what medication to continue taking and such. Typical exclusions from fasting are if you are pregnant or breast feeding... or have other health issues that would prohibit a fast.

In addition to fasting, we also use ritual to act as a catalyst for releasing negativity in our lives.
We decide on a body of water...the sea, a lake, a pond, or even a small creek will do -- once there, we pick a stone (or two or three!). The rock symbolizes the things in our life that are weighing us down.

 As you hold the rock, think about:

  * What you want to get rid of
  * What you want removed from your life
  * What you  want removed from your body
  * What energy has been pulling you down
  * What has been holding you back
Put that energy into the rock, feel the negativity and the weight leave your body, and throw it into the water. Really take the time to feel yourself releasing those things in this symbolic act.

Then we wait for sundown,

We break the fast with a good meal surrounded by family.
We sleep well ... and this ends The Day of Atonement.

 Written Word - Autumn Holy Days:



  • Lev 23:23-25     New Beginnings    (Rosh Hashanah)                            
  • Lev 23:26          Day of Atonement  (Yom Kippur)



Allan’s Pages and Online Library: 


 Traditional Autumn Holy Day Names :

  •  Rosh Hashanah
  •  Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance)
  •  Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar)
  •  Yom Kippur
  •  Day of Atonement

Common Autumn Holy Day Greeting:   

"May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year."

New Beginnings …  Our Autumn Holy Day…  Our New Year 

New Beginning (aka Rosh Hashanah or RH) is considered the start of the Biblical New Year and thus the start of the Autumn Holy Days.

It is a time to remember and commemorate God's creation. We remember and announce our Blessings for the past year, asking in prayer that the following year be Blessed. It is a time to ponder and reflect over the past year and repent, ask forgiveness, and "be right" with friends, family, and our Soul-self.

Celebrating the New Year in this way can give movement to the rest of the cycles to come, much like the initial swing of a pendulum. 

This attitude of repentance continues to Yom Kippur. On the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, we fast and go out to the water to cast stones. It is a good symbolic ritual for releasing blockages and negativity from the body.


2013 Autumn Holy Day Dates

Here is the Autumn Holy Day schedule for 2013 in the Americas/Canada:

For time zones outside of the Americas/Canada but in the Northern Hemisphere (ie: Europe)… please use the websites below to confirm your correct lunar schedule.
Be careful, some printed calendars and websites are not accurate on lunar dates. Here are a couple of websites to use as a reference:
For those in the Southern Hemisphere, it is completely opposite!  See this Nazirene Library post for further information: 

Kids Korner - Autumn Holy Days

What should I change this year?

The Autumn Holy Days begin a window when we  lessen our heaviness before the end of the biblical year. Children can focus on asking for forgiveness when they hurt someone or don’t do as their parents have asked them to do. Lead them in prayer, asking God to give them a fresh start in the coming year and to teach them to live lives that follow God’s Laws. Use the Day of Atonement family rock activity to release these things.
This could also turn into an Holy Day preparation activity (before Oct 14th, 2013 if you are in the Americans/Canada) …  The children paint a rock with what they want to throw into the water on The Holy Day of Atonement (see that newsletter section above to get a fuller idea of the rock concept).

Clever Craft Idea for the Month: 

Have your children make a special honey jar for Rosh Hashanah, decorated to look like a bee. Paint a glass jar with yellow craft paint and wrap bands of black electrical tape around it to represent the bee's black and yellow abdomen. Glue half of a Styrofoam sphere to the lid to make the bee's head. Paint the head yellow with a black smiley face. Make antennae for the bee by poking lengths of wire into the Styrofoam head.
Sweets are a big part of the appeal of Rosh Hashanah for children. Involve your children in baking holiday sweets. Young children can help in the kitchen by stirring batter and shaping cookies on a baking sheet. Older kids can help by measuring ingredients and setting the timer for baking times. Explain the use of traditional Rosh Hashanah foods like apples, pomegranates and honey to represent the wish for a sweet upcoming year.