Shavuot in United States
Quick FactsShavuot, also known as the Festival of Weeks, is one of three major Jewish festivals.
Alternative nameFeast of Weeks
Shavuot 2014Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Shavuot 2015Sunday, May 24, 2015
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
List of dates for other years
Many Jewish Americans 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 the United States observe special customs on Shavuot. These activities include reading the Book of Ruth or staying up all night to study the Torah (the five books of Moses). Many Jewish people also eat dairy foods during Shavuot. Many homes are decorated with various plants, including those with flowers. Special prayers are made and candles are lit on this day. Jewish confirmations may also take place at this time of the year.
Some Jewish people take some of their annual holiday during this time of the year so they do not need to 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 the United States. 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 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|
|Sun||Jun 12||2016||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||May 31||2017||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||May 20||2018||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||Jun 9||2019||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||May 29||2020||Shavuot||Jewish holiday|
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- Statehood Day ―Sunday, June 1, 2014
- Jefferson Davis Birthday ―Monday, June 2, 2014
- Jefferson Davis Birthday ―Tuesday, June 3, 2014
- International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression ―Wednesday, June 4, 2014
- World Environment Day ―Thursday, June 5, 2014
- D-Day ―Friday, June 6, 2014
- Pentecost ―Sunday, June 8, 2014
- World Oceans Day ―Sunday, June 8, 2014
- Whit Monday ―Monday, June 9, 2014
- Kamehameha Day ―Wednesday, June 11, 2014
- World Day Against Child Labour ―Thursday, June 12, 2014
- Friday the 13th ―Friday, June 13, 2014
- World Blood Donor Day ―Saturday, June 14, 2014
- Flag Day ―Saturday, June 14, 2014
- Trinity Sunday ―Sunday, June 15, 2014
- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day ―Sunday, June 15, 2014
- Fathers' Day ―Sunday, June 15, 2014
- World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought ―Tuesday, June 17, 2014
- Bunker Hill Day ―Tuesday, June 17, 2014
- Corpus Christi ―Thursday, June 19, 2014
- Juneteenth ―Thursday, June 19, 2014
- World Refugee Day ―Friday, June 20, 2014
- West Virginia Day ―Friday, June 20, 2014
- June Solstice ―Saturday, June 21, 2014
- Public Service Day ―Monday, June 23, 2014
- International Widows' Day ―Monday, June 23, 2014
- Day of the Seafarer ―Wednesday, June 25, 2014
- International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking ―Thursday, June 26, 2014
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