Happy New Year -- wait, it’s September, what’s going on here? Turns out that’s what some perplexed members on Twitter were wondering Wednesday when “Happy New Year” began to trend on the social media site.
Rosh Hashanah literally means “head of the year,” and is just one of the four new years in the Jewish year. However, what sets it apart is that it’s considered the new year of the people, animals and legal contracts. It also marks the completion of the world being created.
That means the world is the age of 5774, as reported by Fox News. So it has nothing to do with the year being 2013 or 2014, or even 1975, because there are thousands of years apart -- millennia, really.
Rosh Hashanah is supposed to be 10 days of soul-searching, which is known as the “Days of Awe.” When that is finished, people of the Jewish faith celebrate Yom Kippur -- the Day of Atonement.
While many Israelis are welcoming the Jewish New Year, it’s not without chaos brewing in their country. "The world around us has turned upside down," columnist Eitan Haber wrote in the Yediot Ahronot daily via Fox News. "The picture is still not clear, but in any case it is not an easy one for ... Israel, which is trying to live a normal life in destructive and turbulent surroundings."
Jewish New Yorker and disgraced politician Anthony Weiner made headlines on Wednesday after he got into a verbal fight with an Orthodox Jewish man in a bakery, ironically on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. Their exchange consisted of calling each other “disgusting” as the man referred to Weiner’s sexting scandal.
Check out what some confused Twitter users had to say about the Jewish New Year below:
Why is Happy New Year trending I'm pretty sure it's still September
— ellie (@zarryfranta) September 4, 2013
why "happy new year" is trending worldwide? o-o
— ɱcgonagall. (@mynamesrui) September 4, 2013
why is "happy new year" trending have i really been in my room all this time
— ew lysette (@SavedByCaylen) September 4, 2013
Why is "Happy New Year" trending? Yo tweeters lost it, thats why!
— salma (@im_a_penguin_) September 4, 2013
Why is "Happy New Year" trending?! It's only about 3 months till 2014, don't jump the gun!
— Marcus Threet (@MarcusJThreet) September 4, 2013