In secular society, January 1st is the official start of the new year but for Jewish people world wide, Rosh Hashanah marks the new year and new beginnings. For me, Rosh Hashana is one of my very favorite Jewish holidays. It is generally celebrated in September or early October (I can't give you an exact date since the Hebrew lunar calendar is only 354 days verses 365 days in the solar calendar so the days don't line up the same every year. For example, Rosh Hashana 2015 begins on the evening of September 13th whereas next year the holiday starts on the evening of October 2, 2016.) and more or less coincides with the onset of a new school year. Growing up, when we went back to school shopping we also picked up a new Fall outfit for the High Holidays. To this day I buy a school calendar (September – September) rather than the traditional January to January calendar – it is more organic, it is more intuitive.
I also prefer to send out Rosh Hashana New Year Cards to my Jewish friends rather than the traditional Christmas or holiday cards. I love the symbolism. Images of apples and honey represent wishes of a sweet new year and greetings of Shalom, written in either Hebrew or English convey wishes of peaceful blessings. A few years back, many of our friends turned to Christmas cards because they like the idea of including a family photo but with today's Jewish New Year cards families can embrace the traditional Jewish values yet integrate some of the cool contemporary design elements of introduced in December holiday cards. And as always, our first stop for stationery of all kinds is Tiny Prints. We have featured just a few of this year's most popular design choices.