Lag b’omer (sometimes writes lag-baomer or lag ba omer ) is the 33rd day of the ‘counting of the Omer,’ which is the period from Passover to Shavuot.
Lag b’omer 2014
The Lag b’omer holiday begins on Saturday evening May 17th. Lag b’omer ends on Monday, May 18th. Lag b’omer main celebration is on Sunday, May 18th.
Lighting of bonfires begins on Sunday evening, May 18th
Lag b’omer is a happy day
All the days of counting the omer are mourning days.
Lag b’omer is a break in all the mourning customs and for the duration of the holiday it allows one to be joyful, be merry, take part in a party, listen to music, etc.
The name of lag b’omer
the name of Lag B’omer is constructed from two Hebrew words:
Lag is not a “real word” in Hebrew. its meaning lies in Jewish Numerology:
The letter L (Lamed) has a numerological value of 30
The letter G (Gimel) has a numerological value of 3
So the hidden meaning of the word ‘lag’ comes from the combination of the letters which symbolize the numbers which means the 33rd day in the ‘counting of the omer.’
The main customs of lag b’omer
- Stopping al l the Laws of mourning
- Lighting of bonfires (most prevalent)
- Plaing with Bows and arrows
- Pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai
- Lag B’omer festive procession