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Bat and Bar Mitzvahs

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In the Jewish religion, there is this celebration called a Bat Mitzvah or a Bar Mitzvah. A Bat Mitzvah is for a girl and a Bar Mitzvah is for a boy.

Usually, a girl has her Bat Mitzvah around the age of 12 and a boy has his Bar Mitzvah around the age of 13. Becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah means that you have grown to become a young man or young woman. After the age of 12 and 13, boys and girls can take care of their own actions and responsibilities. It also means that you have become an official member of the Jewish Community.  Technically, Bat and Bar Mitzvah’s are huge parties where you invite a bunch of your family and friends and gather them for this special occasion.

During the party, you shall light 12 or 13 candles; depending on the age you are/girl or boy, you shall praise the bread, also known as Challah. In order to praise the Challah, you shall say some prayers, in hebrew and then you may take a piece of it. During your ceremony, it would be nice if your fellow guests come up and say speech about the Bar Mitzvah boy or Bat Mitzvah girl.

Recently,  I had my Bat Mitzvah. It was the greatest night of my life. I had around 130 people or less. My family members, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, relatives, and of course my best friends came to support me during my special night. My theme of my party was dance so I had a bunch of cardboard dance cut outs on top of each table. As soon as my guests arrived, the camera man was taking pictures of me and my guests together in front of the dessert table. The dessert table had my name spelled out with roses, cake pops, gumballs, and other little desserts for guests to eat and enjoy. I had a Green Screen area with 10 different backgrounds that you can choose to be behind you once you take a picture. The pictures are then printed out for you to take home. I had a candle set up with 13 candles and my name in giant, cardboard, sparkly letters that were spelled in front of the candles.

As all of the guests arrived, we first we did the grand entrance where my family walked in and then I walked in everybody was cheering and clapping for us. Then everybody came up on the dance floor started dancing. Then it was time for the Challah ceremony where I said a prayer for the bread and each family member up there took and ate a piece of bread. We danced some more and then it was time for the candle ceremony. I thanked my parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, relatives, and lastly all my friends. I said little short poems for each and everyone of them. Then we danced some more and my dad and I started doing the slow dance and all of a sudden the music changed and my dad and I started doing a funny hip-hop dance while everybody was cheering for us. I had a signing board and a treasure chest with a little slit to put cards inside. I had the best night of my life and I’m sure to remember that even when I become old and grown up.

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Bat and Bar Mitzvahs