IN PICTURES: Thousands of Israelis celebrate Rosh Hashana in nature

All across Israel, families celebrated the first day of the Jewish New Year by enjoying quality time in nature.

A Jewish worshipper blows a Shofar,  at the Western Wall ahead of Rosh Hashana (photo credit: AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS)
A Jewish worshipper blows a Shofar, at the Western Wall ahead of Rosh Hashana
(photo credit: AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS)
Some 70,000 Israelis flocked to national parks and natural reserves across the country on Thursday morning to enjoy the warm weather with their families on the first of a four-day countrywide hiatus in celebration of the Jewish New Year.
Families with small children traveled across Israel, going to hikes and visiting waterfalls up north.
Some 200 motorcyclists rode to Belvoir Fortress south of the Sea of Galilee to catch the first sunrise of the new year, and according to the Nature and Parks Authority, thousands more are expected to travel to the country's beaches and other sites in the coming days.
Israelis enjoy the warm weather at Gan Hashlosha National Park. Israelis enjoy the warm weather at Gan Hashlosha National Park.

Basking in the sun at Eilat's Coral Beach. Basking in the sun at Eilat's Coral Beach.
Israelis celebrating Rosh Hashana on kayaks (credit: Kayaks HaGoshrim) Israelis celebrating Rosh Hashana on kayaks (credit: Kayaks HaGoshrim)

First sunrise of 5778 / Facebook screenshotFirst sunrise of 5778 / Facebook screenshot
Tashlich, casting away the previous year on the beach of Tel Aviv / A. Shoshani Tashlich, casting away the previous year on the beach of Tel Aviv / A. Shoshani