Lag B’Omer: Light up the Night

May 11th 2017

The holiday of Lag B’Omer, this year, falls out on Saturday night, May 13th – Sunday, May 14th (though some might be celebrating on the night of the 14th) and as with every year, there’s plenty to do across the country. Unlike in most places outside of Israel, Lag B’Omer is celebrated extensively and throughout nearly every community (mainly because Israelis are never one to miss out on an opportunity to throw a BBQ!) Check out some of the hottest events happening this year on Lag B’Omer.

Bonfires Galore!

When we say hot, we mean sizzling. The main attraction of Lag B’Omer are the bonfires that crop up every few feet as soon as the sun goes down. This holiday is ushered in with the gleeful laughs of children whose eyes are shining with the magical glow of the firelight. While the adults have been counting, the traditional Omer counting from Passover till this date, the kids of the communities have been collecting wood, erecting bonfires, and safeguarding their prized towers to be ready for this moment. And there isn’t much you can compare to the pride and satisfaction that washes over kids’ faces when they see that bonfire light up the night.

A general camaraderie is in the air, so you can sit down next to any bonfire and join the fun.

Visiting Meron

If you’ve never experienced it before, this is as good a time as any. Meron on Lag B’omer is the Jewish equivalent to a mosh pit, but a lot friendlier. Tens of thousands of locals and tourists flock to the gravesite of the holy Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai to commemorate the anniversary of his passing and to take part in the spiritual high of the evening. Along the path to the grave are stands where people are giving out free food, drinks, and assistance for anyone who can’t handle the sometimes-claustrophobic atmosphere.

Street Parties Everywhere

Lag B’Omer also signifies the end of the Omer mourning period for most Jews. For this reason, the night is especially celebratory, and music, food, and merriment is abundant throughout the streets. Since Lag B’Omer is commemorating the light of the Torah, many people have the tradition to sit and learn on this festive night.

Day trips to caves, archery ranges, and special locations for 3-year old haircuts are arranged for the day of Lag B’Omer, so don’t miss those either. Join in the fun, the holiness, and the special atmosphere of the day in Israel this year.