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==Customs of Erev Rosh Hashana==
# There are five main customs observed on [[Erev Rosh Hashana]]: 1) [[Laundering]] one's clothing. 2) Cutting one's hair. 3) Dipping in the mikveh. 4) Visiting the cemetery. 5) Giving [[tzedaka]]. <ref>Shulchan Aruch OC 581:4 </ref>===Tachanun===#[[Tachanun]] is not recited on [[Erev Rosh Hashana]] for [[Shacharit]] or [[Mincha]], even though during [[selichotSelichot]] which are said by night or at least before [[Netz]] Hachama we do recite the yud gimmel [[middot]] and the nefilat apayim.<ref>Chazon Ovadia (Yamim Noraim page 46), Shulchan Aruch O.C. 581:3, Kaf HaChayim HaChaim on Shulchan Arukh, Orach ChayimOC 581:73, Chazon Ovadia (Yamim Noraim page 46).<br>Mishna Brura 581:23 adds based on the Magen Avraham that even if the Selichot continue past Alot Hashachar, since they are typically said before that you would recite the Tachanun during Selichot.Kaf Hachaim 581:73agrees.1 </ref>#On the day before [[Erev Rosh Hashana]], [[tachanun]] is recited at [[mincha]]. <ref>Yalkut Yosef (Moadim page 21), Kaf Hachayim 581:74 , Chazon Ovadia Yamim Noraim pg. 46 </ref>
#We do not blow the [[shofar]] on erev rosh hashana and if one needs to practice blowing for the holiday, he should do so in a private room. <ref>Yalkut Yosef Moadim page 21 </ref>
#There are five main customs observed on [[Erev Rosh Hashana]]: 1) [[Laundering]] one's clothing. 2) Cutting one's hair. 3) Dipping in the mikveh. 4) Visiting the cemetery. 5) Giving [[tzedaka]]. <ref>Shulchan Aruch OC 581:4 </ref>===Lashes===#Some have the custom of receiving lashes on [[Erev Rosh Hashana]], while others do so on [[Erev Yom Kippur]].<ref>Kaf HaChaim 581:58</ref>
===Visiting the Cemetery===
===Dipping in the Mikveh===
 #The custom is to dip in a mikveh on erev Erev rosh hashana in honor of rosh hashana, however this isn't required according to the law and therefore a beracha isn't recited and the laws aren't as strict. <ref>Halichot Olam 2: page 225, Moed Likol Chai 12:11. see also Rama 581:4. </ref> If one cannot make it to a mikveh, he should try to spill 9 kav (approximately 12 liters) of water even if in the shower. <ref>Yalkut Yosef Moadim page 22, Chazon Ovadia (Yamim Noraim page 51, 57). </ref>
#A woman within her seven clean days from [[niddah]] shouldn't go to the mikveh on erev Rosh Hashana or erev yom kippur. <ref>Chazon Ovadia Yamim Noraim page 59 </ref>

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