Rosh Hashanah Traditions

rosh hashanah traditions

Rosh Hashanah means “first of the year” in the Hebrew language, and is also known as the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah traditions may differ slightly around the globe, but the significant meaning of the holiday is unchanging. The holiday is meant for repentance and self-reflection, looking ahead to a new beginning in the new year. The day is characterized by a day of prayer in the synagogue, and celebrating with loved ones over a meal in the evening. To wish friends and family L’Shana Tovah (a good new year)  – either right here in Cambridge  or across the miles- make the call to order a floral arrangement from Central Square Florist.

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While Rosh Hashanah doesn’t officially designate a representative color, white traditionally signifies purity and a new beginning, which is appropriate for the meaning behind both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which takes place 10 days later. White is elegant and classic; you can select lilies, roses, orchids, or hydrangea for a sophisticated floral design. You may also choose to add blue elements – delphinium, iris or hydrangea – as in the Jewish culture, blue represents divinity.

There are many customs and traditions surrounding the observance of Rosh Hashanah. The holiday is considered a high holy day, and is an important day on the Jewish calendar.

  • The shofar is made from a ram’s horn and is played in a similar way to a trumpet. One of the most significant traditions of this holiday is hearing the blowing of the shofar while at the synagogue. Although the history of the custom is not recorded in the scriptures, most believe the shofar’s sound is a call to repentance.
  • Work is forbidden on Rosh Hashanah, and the majority of the day is spent at the synagogue in prayer. Thererosh hashanah traditions is a specific set of prayers, contained in a prayer book known as the machzor.
  • When friends and family gather for a celebratory meal, it often includes fresh challah bread and apples, both consumed after being dipped in honey. The honey signifies the hope for a coming  “sweet year”.
  • A special blessing is said over two loaves of braided challah bread, representing the two portions of manna given to the children of Israel in the desert.If you cannot be with loved ones on Rosh Hashanah, you may want to consider sending a bouquet to let them know how much they mean to you. Call Central Square Florist to discuss which flowers you would like to include, and we’ll take care of everything. L’Shana Tovah to all of our Jewish friends and neighbors!

Celebrate Homecoming with Flowers


Homecoming has been an annual tradition since the early 1900s, and the events of the weekend haven’t changed much in over a century. Most homecomings are planned around a central event, usually a football game – with other weekend activities including senior nights, pep rallies, dances, parades, and often, the presentation of the homecoming court and the coronation of a Homecoming King or Queen. Homecoming flowers play a major role throughout all the festivities –  they are given to the homecoming court, worn by those attending a formal dance, and presented to honor moms and special teachers. From wristlet to boutonniere, Central Square Florist has the beautiful formal flowers you’ll be looking for.


The Football Game: Often during these events, the senior football players and cheerleaders are honored as they participate in their last season before graduation. Corsages and wristlets are also sometimes given to the mothers of the students being recognized.

The Homecoming Dance: Wristlets can be arranged on a variety of wristlet bands, from ribbons to pearls; and boutonnieres can be designed to match the young lady’s corsage.


The King and Queen’s Court: It is also traditional to present each member of the court with a bouquet or nosegay to carry, with the Queen customarily receiving the largest bouquet. Many schools choose roses, but the bouquets can also be designed to exhibit school colors. If your high school or university is having an event that you need custom arrangements for, give us a call! We’ll use your school colors as inspiration and create beautiful formal flowers.

Whatever your scheduled events, flowers make every occasion more special – and in Cambridge, the place for all your homecoming and formal flower needs is Central Square Florist.

The New Fall Colors Have Arrived

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Is there anything more beautiful than Cambridge in the fall? The bright autumn colors, the crisp cool air – we’ve been waiting all summer for this. From harvest festivals to apple picking to pumpkin spice lattes, we love everything about this season, especially the warm and hospitable fall flowers that are in bloom. At Central Square Flowers, we have designed the seasonal bouquets and arrangements that will celebrate this vivid and bright time of year. fall colors

Vibrant yellow and orange gerbera daisies, roses and lilies combine in this cheerful bouquet that exudes the spirit of fall. As the days get a little grayer outside, this sunny arrangement will bring the outdoors in and bring cozy ambiance to your home. If you are looking for something unique and different for your home decor, this arrangement overflowing with lavish roses, lilies, hydrangea and orange pincushion protea offers a feast for the eyes. fall colors

Some of the more elegant fall colors include magenta. deep red and ivories; the Fall Fantasia bouquet showcases this sophisticated color palette compliments of graceful lilies and roses. For upscale decor in a home or office, this floral design makes a striking statement.

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So many things about autumn make us smile, and these beautiful flowers are at the top of the list. Bring some of Boston’s most gorgeous fall colors into your home with a floral design from Central Square Florist.


Gifts for Grandparents to Show Your Love

gifts for grandparentsIn 1978, Grandparent’s Day was officially instituted as a national holiday. Of course, grandparents have been a cherished member of the family since families began, but on September 11 we have the opportunity to give them special recognition and shower them with the love they deserve. Central Square Florist has gifts for grandparents that are gorgeous, practical, and delicious – which will you choose?

Pastel Splendor is much like your grandmother – soft, subtle and incredibly beautiful! Showcasing roses and hydrangea, this floral design offers a mixed bouquet that is as graceful and elegant as she is – and this is just one of many stunning bouquets available at out flower shop. Does your grandmother have a favorite bloom? Just let us know, and we will be happy to create a custom arrangement just for her. Your grandmother is one-of-a-kind, and will love receiving a one-of-a-kind gift.
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We don’t want to forget about Grandpa! Add a gourmet or fruit basket for the perfect snack to share while hanging out with the grandkids, or perhaps he would like a sophisticated green plant for his desk. For instance, known as the Peace Lily, the spathiphyllum plant is a perennial favorite due to its long lasting graceful leaves and striking white flowers. Lucky Bamboo symbolizes good luck and wealth, growth, perfection and a powerful blessing – and it is an elegant addition to any room. gifts for grandparents

It is said that grandparents are a delightful blend of laughter, caring deeds, stories, and love. The bond they have with their families, especially their grandchildren, is truly unique and special. Don’t let Grandparent’s Day go by without telling them how much they mean to you – Central Square Florist has the gifts for grandparents they will love. September 11 will be here before you know it, so call us today and we will help you to choose the perfect gift.

Please note some gifts are only available in the local Cambridge and Boston area. Call for more information!

Great Gifts For College Students

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Your student has left for college and a new adventure has begun. Whether they are still in the greater Boston and Cambridge area or have moved further away, gifts for college students are a great way to let them know that you are thinking about them. Central Square Florist is here to help you choose the perfect gift, regardless of the personality of your student.

csIt is a rare college student who wouldn’t appreciate a gift basket overflowing with their favorite foods – whether they prefer junk food or their tastes are a little more refined. For the former, this bucket can’t contain the candy, snacks, and chips stuffed inside – all night study sessions become a whole lot easier when all this delicious food is at their fingertips.

Browse our website for additional options, such as our Fruit and Gourmet Baskets that provide healthier choices as well as savory foods great for taking a break from studying.

Green plants also make great gifts for college students, as they brighten up a dorm room and promote clean air, better concentration and increased productivity. Of course, not every college student can be expected to take care of a high-maintenance plant, so we suggest one of our unique succulent plant gardens. These amazing plants require little care but are a long lasting reminder that you are thinking of them across the miles.

Even though your student is away from home, they are still in your heart. Start a new tradition by sending gifts that remind them throughout the year of how much you love and support them. From food to get them through long nights of studying, to plants to give the dorm room a touch from home, Central Square Florist has the gifts for college students that will make them smile. Let us know how we can help.