Feast Day Celebrations!

This is more of a compilation for my own sake, to help jumpstart my thinking when each Holy day rolls around. We do not celebrate some of the more widely accepted holidays, instead we have been celebrating the Biblical Feast Days. This means having a huge learning curve as to what that means, and how we are supposed to observe on these days. We want to make sure to make as big a deal as possible of these days, to honor God, and to teach our children the joy of worship and celebration! Of course, on each feast day it would be good to read the Biblical commands associated with that feast, to remind yourselves of what you are celebrating and how it is to be celebrated. I made this list from my head, and have a feeling I’m going to be coming back and editing this list over time as I remember certain commandments or a tradition we have for that feast day. Feel free to remind me of anything you’ve noticed is missing.

Pesach (Passover)-

Cook special recipes, have a seder feast. The Messianic significance of this meal is huge!
Go over the house together looking for yeast
Read about Yeshua, our Pesach Lamb!
Make Matza sandwiches- “Arbel Special” (A sandwich JE’s family made up while picnicking on the Arbel Heights.)

Shavuot (Pentecost)-

Count 50 days from Pesach to Shavuot-get creative! Use a paper chain or an “advent” type calendar.
Pray daily that God would teach you His ways.
On the 50th day make a cake or brownies and put “50” candles on it!
Decorate with candles and lights representing God’s fiery Holy Spirit and His light that chases the darkness.
Pray and ask God to refill you with His Spirit.

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)-
Fast and cease from all work.
Seriously worship the One who atoned for you!! He alone is worthy!
Children and pregnant/nursing mamas could fast from something different-computer, sweets, etc…
Pray together as a family, search your hearts. Repent to God and each other for offenses that haven’t been dealt with yet.
Have a traditional “break your fast” meal.

Yom Teruah (Day of Trumpets)-
Blow the shofar as a family!
Make paper horns for the children to blow into, or save paper towel tubes for them to use!
Sing praises to God together.
Have a special feast to celebrate!

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)-
Build a sukkah or tent-a temporary dwelling place! Since we live in such a cold climate, we often end up sleeping in the living room in sleeping bags. This is the perfect time to relive childhood memories of making blanket forts!
Buy a traditional food-we tend to get pomegranates and make pumpkin bread.
Host a party!
Give thanks for God’s bountiful blessings
Prepare your heart and home for the KING!

Non commanded feast:
Hannukah (Feast of Lights)-
Light candles or lights
Eat things made with oil
Pray that God would once again mightily conquer His people’s enemies.

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