Rosh Hashanah is one of the High Holy Days on the Jewish calendar and is marked both by solemnity and celebration. It is a time of self-reflection and prayer, and of festive meals with loved ones. All the customs of Rosh Hashanah point to the hope of the new year ahead. If you are looking for a way to wish L’ Shanah Tovah – a Good New Year – to those people important to you, a floral design from Gordon Boswell Florist may be a perfect choice.
The majority of the day is spent at synagogue, a shofar (trumpet fashioned from a ram’s horn) is sounded to call the faithful, and a special set of prayers are offered for repentance for sins of the past year. They then pray to be more obedient in the new year. Because of the spiritual significance of the holiday, sending flowers in white and blue is customary. White flowers signify a new beginning, as well as a clean slate and innocence; while blue flowers are reminiscent of divine presence.
The second aspect of Rosh Hashanah which is considered to be extremely important is the gathering for a traditional meal. This centerpiece, designed for Hanukkah, would also be a fitting arrangement for the table for Rosh Hashanah.
This meal will often consist of a few customary items:
- Apples dipped in honey represent the hope for a sweet new year
- Challah bread with raisins continues the sweet theme, and also is meant to remind celebrants of the manna given to the Israelites in the desert, calling to mind God’s provision and faithfulness.
- A fish head is often served to signify both the literal translation of Rosh Hashanah – the “head of the year” – as well as to remind the faithful that they are “the head and not the tail” – leaders, not followers.
- Pomegranates are often eaten as “new fruit”, representing the new year and hope for ample opportunity in the new year, as seen in the number of their seeds.
Whether celebrating in Fort Worth, Benbrook or across the miles – the floral experts at Gordon Boswell wish L’Shanah Tovah to all of our Jewish friends and neighbors!