The Jewish festival of Shavuot is celebrated around the world on May 17, 2021. Schawout is the Yiddish word for seven and refers to the seven weeks, 50 days to be precise, between Passover and the 6th Siwan, on which Schawout is celebrated. Along with Passover and Sukkot, Shavuot is one of the three highest Jewish festivals and is also called the festival of the first fruits or the festival of legislation. At Shavuot, the focus is on the 10 commandments that Moses brought to the people. In addition, the first fruits of the field are offered to God at the temple on the festival of weeks.
During the night at Schawout, Jewish believers keep a vigil in the synagogues and Torah schools, during which the Torah is read and they are sung and danced until morning. During the day, the story of the 10 commandments is read by a rabbi. It is common on Shavuot to consume milk and dairy foods with honey. These are a symbol of the Torah, which is just as innocently and eagerly absorbed by Jewish believers as breast milk is by a baby. Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Israel at the same time as the Feast of Weeks, as the wheat harvest is brought in at this time.
Where is the Shavuot?
When is the Shavuot?
Monday 17th May 2021