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The Latest Trends in Bar Mitzvah / Bat Mitzvah

The bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah celebration used to be just a simple family gathering with no frills or fuss. Today, it has evolved into a more lavish and detailed event among Jewish youngsters all around the world. In fact, even the children of non-Jewish families who have come to learn about this tradition are slowly following the trend.

Philanthropy trend

Teenagers who celebrate their bar mitzvah and bat mitzvahs have become a major contributor to charity nowadays. Every year, they give away millions of dollars of their monetary gifts. This is one truly admirable gesture especially among the youngsters who are conscious of their surroundings and their responsibility for helping those in need. While mitzvah literally means commandment in Hebrew, it also means a good deed.

Itís a popular trend today for celebrants to ask for donations instead of material gifts from their guests as specified in the invitations. A party coordinator in New York, Harriette Rose Katz, said about 30 percent of the more than 100 bar mitzvah / bat mitzvahs she plans every year involve donations to charity.

This selfless act of giving to charity can be attributed to the teachings of the childrenís parents and many Jewish organizations about responsible charity giving. These youngsters are made to understand that although itís their birthday, the bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah ceremony is more about their taking on adult responsibilities and not about material things like gadgets and what their monetary gifts can buy.

Video trend

Video is now a major part of many family and corporate celebrations including the bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah. A special portion of the event such as the big entrance of the child is dedicated to the showing of a video production called a concept video that features the photos and some video clips of the celebrant from his babyhood up to his growing up years at home and in school. Of course, the video making is normally done beforehand. One important note is to make the video short, say, 30 to 45 minutes and entertaining with an upbeat music as a background.

Video invites in DVD showing the same clips or hints about the party theme are also hot these days. These videos not only serve as an invitation but a great keepsake as well.

Another big trend is using video screens during the party that show the actual dancing and interactive activities of the kids. Putting up a stationary camera is also a good idea for capturing the children as they make faces in front it.

Party favors

Party favors for bar mitzvah / bat mitzvahs are getting more unique and personalized utilizing just about any decorative and useful item. They can be purchased from specialty stores but then again, they can also be made by hand. Arts and crafts are among the latest trend mostly used for the girl celebrants. These are usually in line with the party theme and features different colors and art materials.

Overall, a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah should strike a balance between solemnity during the religious service, fun during the party with a souvenir to take home for the invitees and doing a volunteer project such as charity giving. With all these three aspects combined, the celebration of a 13-year-old boy or 12-year-old girl entering adulthood is fully accomplished.

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