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 Days of Awe
and are a time of repentance, reflection, and rededication to the Lord.
Then 5 days after Yom Kippur comes the beginning of the The Feast of Tabernacles
! It’s an exciting time, friends!!! All these fall feasts point us to Jesus and are a reason to reflect and celebrate!
Ideas for Simple Ways to Celebrate The Feast of Trumpets:
Enjoy a special ‘feast’ together as a family.
It doesn’t have to be an all-out-stress-you-out feast to be special. The idea is to keep it simple and enjoyable… yes? So, keep it simple. Some simple ideas include, lighting candles, setting out some napkins or a table cloth, including a meaningful center-piece, cooking something out of the ordinary, or maybe even just add a really special dessert to the meal.
Read God’s Word together.
What I love SO MUCH about the biblical feasts is the abundance of prophetic and scriptural references. There are tones of awesome scriptures that tie in to the theme of Rosh Hashanah. Some include, Psalm 82 (a Psalm completely dedicated to the Feast of Trumpets!), the account of creation and scriptures about Messiah’s return, as well as the traditional Psalm 27. You can pick and choose a ton of your own readings by looking up passages with the themes of the Jewish New Year, Christ’s Royalty and Kingship, the Day of Judgement, Remembrance of God’s goodness, and the “birth” day of the world.
Make or buy ‘Shofars’ and have fun blowing them.
Our good friends actually own a Shofar, which is so neat. We, however, do not. And… I’ll go out of a limb and say most people probably don’t own a Shofar. The Shofar, however, is a huge part of the Feast of Trumpets! What to do…
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 Pinterest board for Rosh Hashanah.
While having fun making and blowing your own Shofars, discuss the significance of the Shofar with regard to the themes of the Feast of Trumpets and Christ’s triumphant return!
Learn more about the significance of the Shofar right here.
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!”
You could also learn this special traditional blessing –
“L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu!” (May you be inscribed [in the Book of Life] for a good year!)
“Gamzu!” (Also to you.)
Also – There are tons of delicious apple and honey recipes that can be made together as a family. You could try and apple crumble or pie, caramel apples, honey muffins, honey cakes, whatever you like! Then, why not make extra to share with friends and neighbors?
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. Here’s a good tutorial.
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!)
For Christians, this is also a reminder and a symbolic act to give thanks and honor Christ Jesus who, through His sacrifice on the cross, washed our sins away and made us new again through the power of His blood.
This would be such a wonderful thing to do with young children – so visual and symbolic and a great reminder in preparation for Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). I’d encourage you to look more into this meaningful tradition and decide for your own family what might and might not inspire you.
Other Possible Ideas…
A few other ideas I thought of included visiting an Apple Orchard together, doing apple taste testing with honey, making crafty crowns, painting a picture of celebration, taking a nature walk and observing the ultimate beauty of our world – giving thanks for God’s amazing creation.