Jews Are Celebrating Chavouot

Jews from Morocco, Israel and all over the world celebrated this year the feast of “Chavouot” on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 May.

This feast is also called the Feast of Weeks, because it occurs seven weeks after Pesach, the Jewish Passover. It is also called the Feast of Harvest, because it marks the beginning of the wheat harvest season. The rabbis consider it to be a feast that celebrates the revelation of the Torah to the Prophet Moses on the mountain of Sinai, 50 days after the departure of the Jews from Egypt to escape Pharaoh’s oppression.

According to the Hebrew calendar, this festival coincides with the month of May or June, depending on the year. It is celebrated for two days during which Jews do not work and instead devote themselves to prayer and reflection on the teachings and commandments of the Jewish religion.

To celebrate this feast, Jews used to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to make offerings to the priests of the Holy Temple on the occasion of the harvest season.

As with all the feasts they celebrated throughout the year, Jews performed special rituals during Shavuot. In addition to prayers and the reading of sacred texts, they consume only milk and dairy products, wear white clothes, adorn themselves with flowers, as well as perform special songs and recite prayers in memory of the dead. They avoid fasting and try not to have sex during this feast, although it is not clearly forbidden.

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