Rosh Hashanah (or The Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah) is one of the 3 Major Biblical Festivals. The other two are Passover and Pentecost.
Rosh Hashanah is also the first of three very special fall festivals. Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) follows 10 days after Rosh Hashanah. These days in between the two feasts are known as the
and are a time of repentance, reflection, and rededication to the Lord.
Then 5 days after Yom Kippur comes the beginning of the
! It’s an exciting time, friends!!! All these fall feasts point us to Jesus and are a reason to reflect and celebrate!
If you are interested in the Biblical Feasts, I really recommend you pray, do some soul seeking, some honest-to-goodness research, read God’s word, and seek reliable resources. It is so powerful and humbling and EYE OPENING to learn more about the
Ideas for Simple Ways to Celebrate The Feast of Trumpets:
Enjoy a special ‘feast’ together as a family.
Read God’s Word together.
Make or buy ‘Shofars’ and have fun blowing them.
Make or buy your own ‘Shofars’! I’ve seen people use party noise makers, little horns, and even make Shofars out of cardboard tubes, etc. There are tons of ideas for various crafts, which I tried to link to on my
Learn more about the significance of the Shofar
Have Apples and Honey and say a special blessing.
The theme of apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah reminds us of our prayer for a sweet and fruitful new year. It reminds me also of the Fruits of the Spirit and the sweetness of the Holy Spirit and walking with Him.
Slice up some apples and take turns dipping slices in fresh honey and enjoying the sweetness of the treat. A special blessing: “Be it thy will, Oh Lord and Savior, that a good and sweet year be renewed to us/you/me!”
Make Challah bread (maybe even in the shape of a crown?) and enjoy communion together.
One of the themes of Rosh Hashanah is Kingship and Coronation. For us, this is a focus on God Almighty as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords… Jesus as the King of our hearts and of this world. I’ve seen some really beautiful Challahs made in the shape of a crown for this feast.
Have a Casting of the Stones Ceremony
Also called, Tashlikh, which means to ‘cast off’ or ‘cast away’. A group of people would gather together at a body of water (river/stream/pond) and have a time of worship, prayer, scripture reading, or whatever they feel led to do. Each person will bring either small pebbles or crumbs or leavened bread to empty our of their pockets and toss into the water at the given time. This symbolizes the casting away of our sins.There are many traditional links to this ceremony including, Abraham’s sacrifice of his son and God’s faithfulness to provide the ram, the coronation of Kings next to water, and the life that comes from water (Christ is the Living Water!)
Other Possible Ideas…
I really love Michelle’s ideas in her post,
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