Shavuot in Canada
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 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|
Quick FactsShavuot, also known as the Festival of Weeks, is one of three major Jewish festivals celebrated among many Jewish Canadians.
Shavuot 2017Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Shavuot 2018Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Other holidays in May 2017 in Canada
- Yom HaAtzmaut – Tuesday, May 2, 2017
- Lag B'Omer – Sunday, May 14, 2017
- Victoria Day – Monday, May 22, 2017
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 25, 2017
- Ramadan begins – Saturday, May 27, 2017