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Rosh Hashanah, literally "head of the year", is a Jewish holiday commonly referred to as the "Jewish New Year." It is observed on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. Rosh Hashanah is the first of the High Holidays or "Yamim Noraim"("Days of Awe"), or Asseret Yemei Teshuva(The Ten Days of Repentance), which are days specifically set aside to focus on repentance that conclude with the holiday of Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is the start of the civil year in the Hebrew calendar (one of four "new year" observances that define various legal "years" for different purposes). It is the new year for people,animals,and legal contracts. The Mishnah also sets this day aside as the new year for calculating calendar years and sabbatical(shmita)and jubilee(yovel)years. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of man whereas five days earlier,on 25 of Elul,marks the first day of creation.