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Shavuot, also known as the "Feast of Weeks," celebrates the moment when G-d gave the Torah to the Israelites at Mount Sinai. This day has strong agricultural associations, as it marks the conclusion of the harvesting of the winter grain and the beginning of the summer fruit season. The origins of Shavuot can be traced back to the time of the Exodus when the Hebrew people received the Ten Commandments and the laws that would become the foundation of their faith and way of life. Shavuot has evolved into a celebration involving various customs such as studying the Torah, reciting special prayers, and participating in festive meals with dairy-based dishes - symbolizing the innate purity of the Torah.
Typically, Shavuot falls on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, which corresponds to late May or early June in the Gregorian calendar. As the African continent flourishes during this time of reawakening and rejuvenation, South Africans can take pride in their own special connection to the collective worldwide observance of Shavuot.
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