Many American Jews celebrate Shavuot, which is the second of three main Jewish festivals that concentrate on historical and agricultural importance. Shavuot follows Passover by 50 days. It happens on the sixth day of the month of Sivan in the Jewish calendar.
It is also recognized as Festival of Week or Festival of Harvest as it initially considered the end of the seven weeks of the Passover barley harvest and the start of the wheat harvest. At one period, Jewish men were supposed to bring their first bunch of barley as a thanksgiving offering to the Temple in Jerusalem.
After a period of Jewish slavery in Egypt, Shavuot observed Moses' return from "Mount of the Sinai" with two stone tablets, including "Ten Commandments." These commandments are the most necessary laws of Judaism. Therefore, Shavuot is also known as the Feast of Laws.
Shavuot is not a national public holiday in the United States. All the organizations, businesses, stores, restaurants, banks remain open on this day. Some Jewish people may use their annual vacation around this point of the year.
Many Jewish communities in the United States follow unique customs on Shavuot. These activities include reading Ruth's book or staying up all night to study the Torah. Many Jewish people also eat dairy foods during the Shavuot. Many houses decorated with various plants, including flowering. On this day, specific prayers are offered and lits candles. Jewish confirmation may also occur at this time of year.
Some Jewish people take their annual holidays during this time of the year, so they are not required to work on the Shavuot. Some sources state that, according to Jewish custom, no work is allowed on Shavuot except for cooking, baking, transferring fires, and carrying objects or equipment.
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