Though Shavuot might not be one of the most well-known Jewish holidays, it’s one that’s worth celebrating. It’s a holiday that involves an all-nighter and the chance to eat your favorite cheesecake!
Shavuot, which means “weeks” in Hebrew, refers to the counting of the harvest and takes place seven weeks after Passover. It actually brings together two different celebrations: the significant moment in Jewish religious history when Moses received the Torah on Mount Sinai and the summer harvest. Many people who observe the holiday go to synagogue and listen to the ten commandments read. Others stay up all night and mark Shavuot by studying from the Torah. There’s also a tradition, with many possible explanations, of eating lots of dairy products (maybe the most fun part of all?).
So, when is Shavuot this year? Since the dates of Shavuot are determined by the Hebrew calendar, it changes every year. This year, Shavuot 2023 starts at sundown Thursday, May 25 and ends Saturday night, May 27.
This holiday is a great one to celebrate with your kids and extended family because there are so many different ways to customize it and make it your own.
Here are the dates of Shavuot 2023-Shavuot 2025: