In the Jewish tradition, the Bat Mitzvah celebrates the transition from girl to young woman.
Like the Quinceanera and the Sweet 16, this party for 13-year-olds marks a milestone in the life of the young lady and her family.
Similar to the Bar Mitzvah for 13-year-old boys, the Bat Mitzvan religious ceremony for girls is marked by special readings from the Book of Esther, the Book of Psalms or, where permitted, girls may even leading special prayer services with readings from the Torah.
A candle lighting ceremony has also become popular at many bar or bat mitzvahs. This usually includes photos (of loved ones either living or deceased) arranged around the lights with words of love or commemoration recited in tribute.
Along with their more solemn aspects of the occasion, Bat Mitzvah observances are also a time to party! -- with great 13-year-old party celebration attended by family and friends.
Like any teen party, fun themes should always take into consideration the hobbies or interests of the birthday girl, and include lots of activiities, entertainment and music.
Around the Web, discover more about this special birthday celebration at top sites offering expert tips on preparing for the Bat Mitzvah ceremony and staging a fun and memorable party to follow ...
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