This Jewish holiday celebrated fifty days after Passover (and thus the Jewish equivalent of Beltane) is also known as the Festival of Weeks, the Festival of Revelation, and the Festival of Harvest. This year it will begin at sunset on the evening of June 11.
In ancient times, two kinds of offerings were made at the Temple: two loaves of bread made from the first harvest of wheat and seven kinds of first fruits: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates. Later this date was identified as the day God gave the Jews the Torah. Weddings that have been delayed during the Counting of the Omer can be celebrated. Continue reading