Although the Rosh Hashanah holiday includes festivity and celebration, it is a deeply religious occasion. The traditions and symbols of Rosh Hashanah showcase the holiday’s dual emphasis on both joy and humility. Literally “the head of the year”, the holiday is considered the Jewish New Year. For the most beautiful floral designs to celebrate the occasion and beautify the holiday table, look to Port Charlotte Florist.
Preparation for the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the ten-day period in between) begins a full month prior to Rosh Hashanah. The Hebrew month of Elul is committed to preparation for the holidays. Some congregations observe the tradition of blowing the shofar (ram’s horn) at the conclusion of each weekday morning service during Elul as a herald of the imminent holy season.
One of the many Rosh Hashanah customs which is especially meaningful is Tashlich, a ceremony in which the faithful go to a body of water, such as a river or ocean, to symbolically cast away their sins by throwing bread into the water. This physical act reminds them of past actions and gives them a clean slate for the New Year.
Rosh Hashanah customs observed also include eating traditional foods – including round challah bread, which symbolizes the circle of life and God’s provision, and sweet foods for a sweet New Year, such as apples dipped in honey. The customary Hebrew greeting for a good year is “L’shanah tovah!” If you are attending a Rosh Hashanah dinner and wish to bring a floral design as a gift, white flowers are an appropriate choice as they signify new beginnings. You may also wish to add some blue delphinium, blue hydrangea or iris, as blue signifies divinity. Be sure to call Port Charlotte Florist for all of your holiday needs – and L’Shanah Tovah to all of our Jewish friends and neighbors!
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