NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sundown tonight marks the start of the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah.

The holiday will be observed in synagogues across the Tri-State area with services that include the blowing of the shofar, a trumpet made from a ram’s horn. It’s meant to awaken a sense of purpose.

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Torah scrolls are covered in white for the high holiday season.

The traditions extend into the Rosh Hashanah meal.

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One tradition is eating apples and honey, signifying the new year will be a sweet one.

Rosh Hashanah lasts until sundown on Friday.

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It marks the start of the High Holidays which culminate with Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, next week.