Lag B'Omer in United States
Quick FactsMany Jewish Americans observe Lag B’Omer on the 18th day of the month of Iyar in the Jewish calendar.
Lag B'Omer 2013Sunday, April 28, 2013
Lag B'Omer 2014Sunday, May 18, 2014
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
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Many Jewish people in the United States observe Lag B’Omer, also known as Lag BaOmer, on the 18th day of the month of Iyar in the Jewish calendar. The name of this observance means refers to the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer.
What do people do?
Jewish communities in the United States may celebrate Lag B’Omer by having bonfires for family and friends, while some Jewish people may choose to get married on this day. This is because mourning practices that occur during the Omer period are lifted on this date.
Some Jewish boys may not have their hair cut until they are three years old, when they begin to learn the Torah. Many wait until Lag B’Omer to have the ceremony, known as Upsherin, for this occasion. Some children play with bows, which represent rainbows. Some people eat carobs on this day in memory of a story about a carob tree that miraculously grew to provide sustenance for a rabbi known as Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai (whose teacher was Rabbi Akiba) and his son Elazar.
Lag B’Omer is not a federal public holiday in the United States. Government offices, organizations, public transit services, and educational institutions operate to their usual schedules.
The name of this Jewish observance refers to the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer. An “omer” refers to a sheaf of barley or wheat. In the book of Leviticus, it is written that God commanded people to make an offering of a sheaf of barley on each of the 50 days between Passover and Shavuot. The day number was announced after the evening service, and in time this ceremony came to be known as the “counting of the Omer”.
The reason why the 33rd day of this period was singled out may have something to do with an ancient pagan festival that was celebrated at the same time. Another story claims that a plague attacked Rabbi Akiba’s students in the second century CE suddenly stopped on this day. Many Jewish people also mark this date by remembering the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who was one of Rabbi Akiva's students. In any case, this observance represents a break in the season between Passover and Shavuot.
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Lag B'Omer 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|
|Sun||May 4||1980||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||May 22||1981||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||May 11||1982||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 1||1983||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 20||1984||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||May 9||1985||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||May 27||1986||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 17||1987||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||May 5||1988||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||May 23||1989||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 13||1990||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||May 2||1991||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||May 21||1992||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 9||1993||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||Apr 29||1994||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||May 18||1995||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||May 7||1996||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 25||1997||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||May 14||1998||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||May 4||1999||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||May 23||2000||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||May 11||2001||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||Apr 30||2002||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||May 20||2003||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 9||2004||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||May 27||2005||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||May 16||2006||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 6||2007||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||May 23||2008||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Tue||May 12||2009||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 2||2010||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 22||2011||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||May 10||2012||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||Apr 28||2013||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 18||2014||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||May 7||2015||Lag B'Omer||Jewish holiday|
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