Shavuot is a Jewish festival celebrated in Israel and in other parts of the world where the Jews are. This festival connotes both the historical and agricultural aspects of Israel as a nation.
When is Shavuot 2014
Shavuot eve will be held on Tuesday, 3rd of June 2014. Shavuot will take place on the evening of a Wednesday, 4th of June 2014. The celebration of Shavuot will be over on the evening of Wednesday, 4th of June 2014.
Jewish Shavuot Dates 2014
The Shavuot will occur on the 6th day of the Hebrew month of Sivan which technically begins on the nightfall of Tuesday, 5th day of Sivan up until the nightfall of Wednesday, 6th of Sivan in the Hebrew calendar.
Tikkun Leil Shavuot
On the evening of Tuesday until the morning of Wednesday, The Jews are staying up for the Torah reading which is called the Tikkun Leil Shavuot.
The Shavuot Background and History
The Shavuot is a Jewish holiday which is also known as the “Feast of Weeks” where Shavuot is a Hebrew word for “weeks.” It marks the conclusion of the seven-week counting period or the 49-day period between the Passover and the Shavuot. In the field of Agriculture, it memorializes the time when the first fruits were harvested and offered to the Temple.
In a historical manner, it commemorates the day of the giving of the Torah to the entire nation of Israel who are gathered at Mt. Sinai. That is why the day is also called as the “Festival of the Giving of Torah”
In the Ancient Greek, it is known as “Pentecost” which means “fiftieth day” because it falls on the 50th day.
What do People do During the Shavuot
During the festival of Shavuot, work is not permitted since it is one of the pilgrimage festivals in Israel. It is also a customary for them to eat dairy products at least one meal during the Shavuot. At home, Jews are decorating their houses with green and fresh flowers as a memorial of a spring harvest and the primeval ritual of bringing all the first fruits of all their increase to the Temple.
Women and girls are lighting up candles in the evening to usher in the holiday. Everybody in the house stay up all night studying the Torah during the evening of Shavuot.
When is Shavuot 2015
Shavuot will take place on the evening of Saturday, 23rd of May until the evening of Sunday, 24th of May 2015.