Shana Tova - On the first night of Rosh Hashana (Sunday, 9/29), we bless one another to be inscribed and sealed for a good year. Click here for the text. The text of this blessing is printed in the Machzor.
First Meal - At the Yom Tov meal on the first night of Rosh Hashana (9/29), we make Kiddush for Rosh Hashana (printed in the Machzor). We then begin the meal by dipping the challah in honey. Immediately thereafter we dip an apple in honey, say the appropriate blessing of Borei Pri HaEtz and recite a short prayer. Then we eat a number of symbolic foods, which, according to various customs, can include any or all of the following: a fish or ram’s head, pomegranates, figs, dates, carrots and leeks. All of these foods are eaten exclusively on the first night of Rosh Hashana, with the exception of dipping the challah in honey, which is done at all holiday and Shabbat meals until after Hoshana Rabba.


Shofar - Everyone must hear the shofar blown on both days of Rosh Hashana. In Shul, the shofar is blown a total of 100 times (according to Chabad custom, 130 times). Those who cannot make it to Shul should arrange to hear the shofar blown for the minimum requirement of 30 sounds.


Tashlich - We say Tashlich on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashana, Monday, 9/30. We go to a body of water that contains fish and recite the Tashlich prayers after Minchah.


Second Day Preparations - Preparations for the second day of Rosh Hashana should not be done until after nightfall on Monday evening, 9/30 at 7:20 PM. Preparations include: lighting Yom Tov candles from a pre-existing flame, cooking and setting the table.


New Fruit  - At the evening meal for the second day of Rosh Hashana, Monday evening, 9/30, a fruit that has not been eaten in the past year should be placed on the table during Kiddush. Since there is a concern as to whether the Shehecheyanu blessing should be recited at the Kiddush of the second day of Rosh Hashana, the presence of the new fruit will require the Shehecheyanu to be recited without any question. Immediately after Kiddush, before the blessing on bread is recited, an ounce or more of the new fruit should be eaten. The after blessing on the fruit (but not for the wine of Kiddush) is then recited.


Fast of Gedalia - The fast is observed this year on Wednesday, 10/2. The fast begins at 5:27 AM and ends at 7:04 PM. Nursing and pregnant women do not need to fast. 


Shabbat Shuva - The Shabbat between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur is Shabbat Shuvah, the Shabbat of Return. Shuva is the first word of the week's Haftorah. The combination of Shabbat and Teshuvah reflects the desire that our return to G‑d be in a peaceful and pleasant spirit.