Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the giving of the Torah. The Torah, according to Jews, was handed to them as a guide for their life. Shavuot commemorates the day when God appeared to Moses on Mount Sinai and gave him the Ten Commandments and other rules. Shavuot occurs 50 days after Passover.
The Bible says that God spoke all these commandments directly to the people through Moses. But since it was not possible for one person to remember everything God told him/her, the people made an ark out of wood and covered it with cloth. They sent this message to the Holy City of Jerusalem: "Present us before you at your coming-out ceremony." When God approved the city as Israel's capital, they knew that it was safe to bring the ark there.
After receiving the Torah, Moses went up to the mountain once more and received further commandments from God. He then returned down to Egypt where he died. Since no one else heard God directly, they needed someone who could write down what he said. So the Jews celebrate both Passover and Shavuot because these events took place over a thousand years ago.
Yes, Christians also have a holiday called Easter which marks the day Jesus Christ came back to life after being crucified by the Romans. This happened nearly 2,000 years ago. At Easter, Christians receive new life through Jesus Christ.
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) commemorates the Jewish people's revelation of the Torah on Mt. Sinai and comes on the 50th day following the 49 days of counting the Omer. Shavuot is one of three biblical pilgrimage holidays known as the "shalosh regalim." The others are Passover and Succot.
On this day in 1980, the Israeli Knesset passed a law requiring public schools to hold annual celebrations of Shavuot.
The law was prompted by an increase in the number of young Jews visiting Israel for the festival. Prior to the law's passage, only two schools held festivals each year - one in Jerusalem and one elsewhere. Now all Israeli schools celebrate Shavuot annually, holding services and activities related to the festival.
Students receive gifts of fruit and nuts called "haroset" during the week before Shavuot. This is because after Moses received the Ten Commandments, he did not destroy them but kept them in a jar under his pillow for a whole year so that they would remain intact and not spoil. When Shavuot came around, God told Moses to take the jar of haroset with him when he went back up the mountain so that everyone would know that the Jewish people had stayed true to the commandments which had been given to them through Moses.
Shavuot, which translates to "weeks," is a holiday commemorating the end of the seven-week Omer counting period that follows the Passover festivities. In Israel, Shavuot is traditionally commemorated with a slew of events, including music festivals, exhibits, and family-friendly activities.
The Omer count begins on the evening after Passover and ends on the day after Shavuot. During this time, Jews are instructed to refrain from work and study, and many take the opportunity to spend more time with their families at the end of a long week of celebration.
Jewish law requires that during these seven weeks a Jewish man recite the Kaddish daily between the hours of noon and 1 p.m. After seven weeks have passed, another ceremony called "ha'aros ha'shanah" (the anniversary of weaning) is held to commemorate the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. This ceremony is not considered part of the Omer count.
In addition to these laws, the rabbis of ancient Israel also instituted two other special Omers. The first of these, known as the First Holy Omer, is observed for eight days beginning on the evening after the first night of Pesach and ending on the evening before Shavuot.