Shavuot, also known as the Feast of Weeks, is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel at Mount Sinai, following their exodus from Egypt. Observed by Jewish communities across Canada, Shavuot serves as a reminder of the bond between God and the Jewish people. It also serves as a reminder of their commitment to upholding His teachings.
The origins of Shavuot are traced back to biblical times when it began as an agricultural festival. This aspect of the holiday remains relevant today, as it is customary for Jewish households to decorate their homes with fresh flowers and greenery during Shavuot to symbolize the harvest season. Dairy foods such as cheesecake and blintzes are often enjoyed during Shavuot meals, as they represent the sweetness of the Torah and the nourishment it provides to the Jewish people.
Falling 50 days after the second night of Passover, Shavuot can occur anywhere between late May to mid-June, depending on the Hebrew calendar. This year, Shavuot begins at sundown on June 4th and concludes at nightfall on June 6th.
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