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Shavuot, also known as the Festival of Weeks, is a significant Jewish holiday celebrated in Israel. This day is observed seven weeks after Passover. Shavuot celebrates the harvest season and the first fruits of the year, as well as the giving of the Torah to the Israelites on Mount Sinai.
According to the Hebrew Bible, Shavuot traces its origins to the time when the Israelites received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai, following their Exodus from Egypt. The festival has a dual purpose, commemorating the agricultural bounty of the spring harvest as well as the receiving of God's wisdom in the Torah. The holiday is particularly special in Israel as the land itself holds much historical and spiritual significance, enriching the overall experience of Shavuot.
During the observance of Shavuot, communities gather to study the Torah and participate in all-night study sessions known as Tikkun Leil Shavuot. Customary foods are prepared using dairy products for festive meals to symbolize the sweetness of the Torah. Homes are adorned with greenery and flowers to represent the fertile land of Israel. Shavuot typically occurs on the 6th of Sivan in the Hebrew calendar, which falls in late May or early June in the Gregorian calendar.
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