Have you ever heard or read about different festivals and rituals celebrated by the Jews? Judaism is considered as one of the oldest religions in the world. The Jews community include Jews as well those who convert later to Judaism. The total population of Jews is about 0.2% of the world population. Just like other cultures and religions, Jews celebrate many different festivals. In this blog, we will discuss some of the important ones.
The calendar followed by the Jews is named as Hebrew. The calendar is based on the movement of the moon around the earth and has 354 days, 12 months of 29 or 30 days each with extra days added so that the lunar calendar conforms to the solar (Gregorian) calendar, and seven days in a week. The Hebrew calendar followed by the jewish is based on the date 3761 B.C.E. According to jewish, the world started on this date. The religious beliefs and practices are different in some places in Jews. The main reason behind this is the influence of specific areas and modernization.
Purim- Purim is a pleasant festival celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). It celebrates the release of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot- to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jewish, young and old, infants and women, in a single day, as recorded in the Megillah (book of Esther). In this year, Purim begins on Wednesday night that is on February 28 and continues through Thursday i.e. March 1.
Shavuot (6 Sivan)- It begins with the sunset of Saturday, May 19, 2018, and ends on the nightfall of Monday, May 21, 2018. Shavuot is celebrated as the festival of weeks and a harvest festival. On this festival, the first fruits of the harvest are brought to the temples. Shavuot also marks the time that the Jews were given the Torah on Mount Sinai. Jewish decorate synagogues with flowers and eat a lot of dairy foods.
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