Lag Ba'Omer

Data/Images/lag_baomer_s.jpgLag Ba'omer (ל"ג בעומר), also known as Lag LaOmer amongst Sephardi Jews, is a Jewish holiday celebrated on the thirty-third day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of Iyar.

As restrictions of mourning are lifted on this 33rd day of the Omer, weddings, parties, listening to music, and haircuts are commonly scheduled to coincide with this day. Families go on picnics and outings. Children go out to the fields with their teachers with bows and (rubber-tipped) arrows.

In Israel, Lag BaOmer is a school holiday. Youngsters and their parents light bonfires in open spaces in cities and towns throughout the country. Students' Day is celebrated on the campuses of the various universities. Lag BaOmer is also a favorite day for weddings.

The most well-known custom of Lag BaOmer is the lighting of bonfires. As such, the custom of lighting fires symbolizes this revelation of powerful light.

While the Ashkenazi minhag (custom) is to cease all signs of mourning on Lag BaOmer, the Sephardi minhag is to continue mourning practices through the 33rd day of the Omer and celebrate on Lad BaOmer — the "34th [day] of the Omer.

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