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Lag BaOmer is one of the oldest Jewish holidays. This day, various events are held (burning fires, picnics, archery, school trips). Celebration begins the night before, lasts the whole day.


Holiday has deep historical roots. Its name comes from 2 words: «lag» – number 33, «omer» – wheat sheaf needed to feed 1 person per day. There are many stories about holiday. One version claims Lag BaOmer’s the anniversary of great sage Shimon Bar Yochai’s death, bequeathed to his disciples to celebrate the day of his death as a day of great joy.

Numerous festive events are held on Lag BaOmer. Jews choose visiting Mount Meron in Israel, where the sage Shimon Bar Yochai is buried. Often this day is selected by young lovers for marriage. Obligatory attribute’s bonfire, which children especially enjoy, adults have picnics and fun.

Interesting Facts

Lag BaOmer is a holiday of fun, hope, removal of restrictions and sorrow cessation.

  1. This is first haircut day for a Jew. Often parents take their child to Mount Meron (if a child is after the age of 3 years) and cut hair there.
  2. Schools organize field trips.
  3. Jews say, if you didn’t see the joy of thousands of people during Lag BaOmer celebration on Mount Meron, you didn’t see true happiness.

When is Lag BaOmer celebrated in 2022?

Lag BaOmer is observed on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar.