The Bar Mitzvah Holiday
Bar mitzvah is a celebration that celebrates, when a child gets to the age to be more responsible for his own deeds, like spiritually, ethically, and morally.
A Jewish boy automatically becomes Bar mitzvah at the age of 13 years of age, so what is the point in the celebration? Well the answer to that is to give the boy more pride, and let the people focus in on just him! The Bat mitzvah starts when the girl is 12 years of age. They celebrate by doing many different kinds of ceremonies, like reading all the laws so they pay more attention to the laws. Why do they have to pay more attention to the laws? Well, since the boy or girl is literally becoming an adult they have to obey those laws.
Bar mitzvah is like a sweet 16 party because they celebrate the time when the child becomes responsible for more things, and responsible for their deeds. In America we learn to drive a car at the age of 16, but the Jewish celebrate it a little different, they celebrate the time when the child doesn't have to be taken care of anymore! Another American holiday that is the same is the golden year birthday (the 50th) because all of the people there pay attention to just that person, just like bar or bat.
Bar mitzvahs started in ancient times. It is to celebrate the boys turning 13. It meant that the boy was old enough to become responsible for his own actions and must follow the ritual law, tradition, and ethics. Before this celebration the boy's parents are responsible for their child to follow Jewish law and tradition.
The current practice is that on a Sabbath on or after his 13th birthday a boy may recite the blessings for the Torah reading. Following this service they have a celebration meal with family and friends. Theme Bar Mitzvahs started having bands and DJs. Shortly after party favors were given to guest. Family and guest give gifts to the boy. These parties can cost lots of money.
I think this celebration is like a boy turning 16, 18 or 21, but not the religion part. You get to have a big party to celebrate the age, lots of presents and if your parents have lot of money a huge party with lots of friends.
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