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Lag B’Omer festival

Date: 03 May 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

About 45 people were killed in a stampede that took place during the annual Lag B’Omer festival in Israel.

 

Background

The festival is attended annually by Jews especially those belonging to the ultra-orthodox sections.

 

Details

  • The incident is already termed as one of the biggest civilian disasters of the country and is likely to be investigated.

  • Israeli authorities had warned against large congregation of devotees so as to prevent spread of Covid-19 infections.

  • There is also belief that only a quarter of the total assembled people of 100,000 could be accommodated in the location.

          

 Lag B’Omer festival

  • The annual Jewish festival of Lag B’Omer is celebrated during the Hebrew month of Iyar. It is celebrated on the 33rd day of Omer.

  • It is the only day on which celebrations are permitted during the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot. 

  • Jewish people usually schedule their celebrations such as marriages and also bring young boys for their first haircut during this day.

  • Ultra-Jewish people make an annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai at the base of Mount Meron.

  • Rabbi Shimon is considered the greatest Jewish sage who authored the book called ‘Zohar’. The book is the main work of Jewish mysticism.

  • The rabbi is celebrated as a mystic and sage and revered across the country. It is believed that he passed away on this day.

  • To mark this day, bonfires are lit that symbolises the knowledge shared by the rabbi with his followers.

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