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June 11 - June 13


The Jewish festival of Shavuot is celebrated 50 days after Passover, on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan. The event commemorates the day that God gave the Torah (Jewish holy text) to Moses. This event happened at Mount Sinai, seven weeks after the Jewish people had left Egypt (an event commemorated at Passover).

Shavuot is also a harvest festival, celebrating the grain harvest.

Shavuot celebrations stretch over two days, and on the first night people stay up to study the Torah. The synagogue is decorated with flowers and the Ten Commandments are read. Two meals are eaten to celebrate the festival; the first is based on dairy, and the second on meat. Under Kashrut (Jewish dietary laws), dairy and meat cannot be served at the same meal. No work is permitted.

Teaching Ideas and Resources

  • Try making some traditional Challah bread.
  • Learn more about the Torah on this BBC page.
  • Locate Mount Sinai on a map.
  • Design a floral arrangement for Shavuot.


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