If there’s something we all love about the fall season, it would be the string of joyful festivities that tag along with it. Kicking off the time of merriment is the Jewish New Year or more popularly known as Rosh Hashanah. This religious Jewish holiday celebrates the creation of the first man and woman, and is also a time for hope, forgiveness, and starting anew.
According to the Jewish calendar, this year’s Rosh Hashanah will begin at sundown of October 2 and end at sundown of October 4. During this time, Jewish families usually invite friends and family members to come and feast with them. As is the common courtesy to any occasion, you should never come empty handed, especially when someone invites you to a Rosh Hashanah dinner.
Aside from smiling and greeting your host L’shanah Tovah, show your graces with a thoughtful gift at hand. Check out these are excellent gift ideas for Rosh Hashanah:
Because Rosh Hashanah is all about new beginnings, white is the color of choice for this occasion. As a matter of fact, part of the Jewish tradition is to only wear new white clothes to symbolize purity, love, and mercy. It is but fitting to give pretty and pristine white flowers as gifts. An elegant all-white flower arrangement of orchids, roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, daffodils or any flower in season would be ideal.
Tip: be it your clothing or the flowers you'll give, steer clear of pure red because they associate it with cruelty and blood.
Fall-Themed Flower Arrangements with Fruits
Fruits, especially pomegranates or apples dipped in honey, are the main attraction during this special Jewish celebration and a usual staple in various fall-themed creations since it’s also a time to revel about the season’s bountiful harvest. Wish your host a year of blessings with fruit and flower arrangement so beautiful that he or she would love to use it as a centerpiece.
Kosher Gift Baskets
For any gift-giving dilemma, they say when in doubt, always go with edible gifts. The same is true with Rosh Hashanah although there’s a little caveat: make sure that you select are certified kosher, or conform to the Jewish dietary standards. Surely, the last thing you want is to unintentionally offend your host. A gift basket filled with kosher wine, honey, and other sweet treats is always ideal.