Shavuot is one of the Jewish harvest festivals, also known as the festival or feast of 'Weeks'.

(The other two Jewish agricultural festivals are Passover and Sukkot.)

There is no set date for the two-day festival, but it takes place seven weeks (fifty days) after the first day of the spring festival of Passover.

Origins of Shavuot

This time of year marks the start of the wheat harvest and the end of the barley harvest.

Shavuot also marks the time that the Jews were given the Torah on Mount Sinai. It is considered a highly important historical event.

Shavuot is sometimes called the Jewish Pentecost. The word Pentecost here refers to the count of fifty days after Passover. The Christian festival of Pentecost also has its origins in Shavuot.


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