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Many Jewish communities in Canada celebrate Shemini Atzeret (or Shmini Atzeret) and Simchat Torah. Shemini Atzeret is a Jewish holiday dedicated to the love of God. Simchat Torah marks the end of the Sukkot (or Sukkoth) festival.
Is Shemini Atzeret a Public Holiday?
Shemini Atzeret is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.
What Do People Do?
Shemini Atzeret is the holiday that follows immediately after the seventh day of Sukkot, known as Hoshana Rabbah. Shemini Atzeret is a time when prayers or celebrations for rain and a good harvest are made for the coming year in the Jewish calendar.
Many Jewish communities in Canada observe Shemini Atzeret on one day and Simchat Torah on the following day. These days are not nationwide public holidays in Canada, but some Jewish organizations may be closed or offer a limited service to allow for festivities to occur. Election dates in some parts of Canada, such as Ontario, have been moved in previous years to avoid clashing with religious or culturally significant holidays, such as Shemini Atzeret.
The name "Shmini Atzeret" refers to the eighth day, or the extra day, that brings the seven-day Sukkot period to its state of perfection. Rabbinic tradition teaches that Shemini Atzeret is the day when the world is judged for water, or rainfall, in the upcoming year. It is an important day for agricultural purposes.
Simchat Torah is generally celebrated on the same day as Shemini Atzeret in Israel and among Reform Jewish groups. These two occasions are also observed as two separate days among many Jewish communities outside of Israel.
About Shemini Atzeret in other countriesRead more about Shemini Atzeret.
Shemini Atzeret Observances
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
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