Starting at sundown on September 24th, and continuing until sundown on September 26th, Jews everywhere come together to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the holiday that represents the start of the Jewish New Year. Literally translated, Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year,” or “first of the year.”
It is a time of the year when people come together, both as families and as a community, to reflect on everything about the past year as it ends, to think about wrong-doings, reach out to people to ask for forgiveness, and to look ahead to a new year, wipe the slate, and look forward to starting the new year. It is a time when everything is fresh, clean. Rosh Hashanah celebrates new beginnings.
Family gatherings are a big part of Rosh Hashanah celebrations, and it is common for people to invite friends, neighbors, or members of the community to join them in celebrating. Tables are set with white tablecloths and napkins, and white dishes. Some people challenge that age-old rule about fashion etiquette by wearing new white clothing. Important Rosh Hashanah foods include apples, apple cake or honey cake, honey, Challah bread, and instead of the usually braided loaves, during Rosh Hashanah, loaves are round to symbolize circles that don’t have an end.
Although there is no religious stipulation about flowers on the table during Rosh Hashanah, many people who do use floral centerpieces, choose arrangements of white flowers to embrace the white tablescape theme. The “All White Cube” is a wonderfully elegant way to embrace the white theme either for a dining room table or for any other area in the home.
For something smaller, but equally appropriate, the Blue and White Bowl adds a splash of color with blue and white stones in the bubble bowl, and a tiny accent of blue and white in the flowers. A Pure White Orchid is another good choice because the white flowers will grace a house from Rosh Hashanah until the end of Yom Kippur, the duration of the “Ten Days of Repentance,” which are also known as the High Holy Holidays.
Another way to connect with the community is by going to nursing homes or hospitals to visit the elderly or sick. For people who are isolated or alone, reconnecting them with the community they may feel they lost, is important and meaningful. Flower arrangements like the bright-colored Cheerful Wishes Bouquet will show your love and concern – even for total strangers.
Since food – namely sweet foods and seasonal fruits are such a big part of Rosh Hashanah traditions, the most appropriate gifts are symbols of the season, and the Fruits and Flowers basket or the Fruitful Gathering basket, which includes fruit, flowers, and chocolate, are typical of the types of gifts that Israeli vendors sell.
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