Shavuot in Canada
Quick FactsShavuot, also known as the Festival of Weeks, is one of three major Jewish festivals celebrated among many Jewish Canadians.
Shavuot 2013Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Shavuot 2014Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
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Many Jewish Canadians observe Shavuot, which is the second of three major Jewish festivals that focus on historical and agricultural importance. The other two are Passover and Sukkot. Shavuot follows Passover by 50 days. Shavuot occurs on the sixth day of the month of Sivan in the Jewish calendar.
What do people do?
Many Jewish communities in Canada take part in various traditions to mark Shavuot. Dairy products are traditionally eaten on this day. Some dairy meals may include cheesecake, savory goat cheese strudel, or cheese blintzes (thin pancakes containing cheese). Some people use this time to revisit the Ten Commandments and reflect on the meaning behind each of the commandments. Shavuot also celebrates the bikurim, which is the first fruits that were brought as offerings to the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, so some people make meals out of fruit, including fruit salad.
Many Jewish people read the Book of Ruth and some stay up throughout the night to read the Torah (the five books of Moses). Some people also take some of their annual holiday during this time of the year to refrain from work on Shavuot. Some sources say that, according to Jewish custom, no work is permitted on Shavuot except cooking, baking, transferring fire and carrying objects or equipment.
Shavuot is not a federal public holiday in Canada. However, some Jewish people may take some of their annual vacation around this time of the year.
Shavuot is the second of three pilgrim festivals and it follows the Passover by 50 days. It is also known as the Festival of Weeks, the Feast of Weeks, or the Feast of the Harvest because it originally marked the end of the seven weeks of the Passover barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest. At one time, Jewish men were expected to bring their first omer, or sheaf, of barley to the Temple in Jerusalem as a thanksgiving offering.
After the period of Jewish slavery in Egypt, Shavuot also celebrated Moses’ return from the top of Mt Sinai with the two stone tablets containing the “Ten Commandments”. These commandments are the most fundamental laws of the Jewish faith. Therefore, Shavuot is also known as the Festival of the Giving of the Law.
About Shavuot in other countriesRead more about Shavuot.
Shavuot ObservancesNote: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday type||Where it is observed|
|Wed||May 21||1980||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Jun 8||1981||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||May 28||1982||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||May 18||1983||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Jun 6||1984||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 26||1985||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||Jun 13||1986||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Jun 3||1987||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 22||1988||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||Jun 9||1989||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||May 30||1990||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 19||1991||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||Jun 7||1992||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||May 26||1993||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||May 16||1994||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||Jun 4||1995||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||May 24||1996||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Jun 11||1997||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 31||1998||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||May 21||1999||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||Jun 9||2000||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||May 28||2001||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||May 17||2002||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||Jun 6||2003||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||May 26||2004||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Jun 13||2005||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||Jun 2||2006||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||May 23||2007||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Jun 9||2008||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||May 29||2009||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||May 19||2010||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Jun 8||2011||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 27||2012||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||May 15||2013||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Jun 4||2014||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 24||2015||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
Other holidays in May 2013 in Canada
- Orthodox Good Friday ―Friday, May 3, 2013
- Orthodox Holy Saturday ―Saturday, May 4, 2013
- Orthodox Easter ―Sunday, May 5, 2013
- Orthodox Easter Monday ―Monday, May 6, 2013
- Ascension Day ―Thursday, May 9, 2013
- Mother's Day ―Sunday, May 12, 2013
- Pentecost ―Sunday, May 19, 2013
- Victoria Day ―Monday, May 20, 2013
- National Patriots' Day ―Monday, May 20, 2013
- Whit Monday ―Monday, May 20, 2013
- Trinity Sunday ―Sunday, May 26, 2013
- Corpus Christi ―Thursday, May 30, 2013
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