The 33rd day of the Omer is an occasion for happiness during an otherwise mournful period.
By Francine Klagsbrun for MyJewishLearning.com
Lag Ba’Omer is a minor holiday that occurs on the 33rd day of the Omer, the 49-day period between Passover and Shavuot. A break from the semi-mourning of the Omer, key aspects of Lag Ba’Omer include holding Jewish weddings (it’s the one day during the Omer when Jewish law permits them), lighting bonfires and haircuts.
Why We Celebrate
There are a few explanations why we celebrate Lag Ba’Omer, but none is definitive.
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