Shavuot

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Shavuot is celebrated on the 6th day of the month of Sivan according to the Hebrew calendar, i.e. late May or early June. It is the second of the three Pilgrimage Festivals. Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day when God gave the Torah to the Israelite nation assembled at Mount Sinai.

Shavuot is also connected to the harvest. In ancient times, the barley harvest took place during Pesach, while the harvesting of the wheat was during Shavuot.

Dairy foods are traditionally served on Shavuot. In Sephardic communities, special pastry, known as Monte di Sinai, is made of milk and raisins. Also, in Sephardic synagogues, men and young boys take the Torah out of the synagogue, and then the boys, holding it in their hands, make seven circles around the synagogue, an act that commemorates the day when God gave the Torah to the Israelites.

 
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