The holiday of Shavuot is a two-day holiday, beginning at sundown of the 5th of Sivan and lasting until nightfall of the 7th of Sivan. The word Shavuot (or Shavuos) means “weeks.” It celebrates the completion of the seven-week Omer counting period between Passover and Shavuot.
Here are 5 things you should know about Shavuot:
1. The holiday has five names:
Shavuot—The word Shavuot means “weeks.” It marks the completion of the seven-week Omer counting period between Passover and Shavuot.
Yom HaBikkurim—“The day of First Fruits.” Shavuot is also the celebration of the wheat harvest and the ripening of the first fruits, which is the reason for this name as well as the following one.
Chag HaKatzir—The “Harvest Festival.”
Atzeret—In the Talmud, Shavuot is also called Atzeret, which means “The Stoppage,” a reference to the prohibition against work on this holiday.
Zeman Matan Torahteinu—In the holiday prayer service, we refer to it as the "Time of the Giving of Our Torah."
2. Women and girls light candles to usher in the holiday on both of its evenings.
3. It is customary to stay up and learn Torah on the first night of Shavuot.
4. All men, women and children should hear the reading of the Ten Commandments on the first day of Shavuot.
5. Children play a special role in this holiday.
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