Shavuot, or Shvu'es in some Ashkenazi usage, commonly known in English as the Feast of Weeks, is a major Jewish holiday, one of the three pilgrimage festivals, that occurs... Wikipedia
- Official name: Hebrew: שבועות or חג השבועות (Ḥag HaShavuot or Shavuos)
- Also called: English: "Feast of Weeks"
- Observed by: Jews and Samaritans
- Significance: One of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals. Celebrates the revelation of the Five Books of the Torah by God to Moses and to the Israelites at Mount Sinai, 49 days (seven weeks) after the Exodus from ancient Egypt. Commemorates the wheat harvesting in the Land of Israel. Culmination of the 49 days of the Counting of the Omer.
- Celebrations: Festive meals. All-night Torah study. Recital of Akdamut liturgical poem in Ashkenazic synagogues. Reading of the Book of Ruth. Eating of dairy products. Decoration of homes and synagogues with greenery (Orach Chayim, 494).
- Begins: 6th day of Sivan (or the Sunday following the 6th day of Sivan in Karaite Judaism)
- Ends: 7th (in Israel: 6th) day of Sivan
- Related to: Passover, which precedes Shavuot
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