Lag B'Omer is the 33rd Day of the counting of the Omer. Traditionally, we count the days from Passover to the Festival of Shavuot, literally counting from our Exodus from Egypt to Receiving Torah on Mount Sinai.
Traditionally, while the Counting of the Omer is a semi-mourning period, all restrictions of mourning are lifted on this 33rd day of the Omer. As a result, weddings, parties, listening to music, and haircuts are commonly scheduled to coincide with this day among Ashkenazi Jews. Families go on picnics and outings. Children go out to the fields with their teachers with bows and rubber-tipped arrows.
The most well-known custom of Lag BaOmer is the lighting of bonfires throughout Israel and worldwide. In Meron, the burial place of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai and his son, Rabbi Eleazar, hundreds of thousands of Jews gather throughout the night and day to celebrate with bonfires, torches, song and feasting. This was a specific request by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai of his students. Some say that as bar Yochai gave spiritual light to the world with the revelation of the Zohar (he is considered to be the author of the Zohar, the Kabbalistic text), bonfires are lit to symbolize the impact of his teachings. As his passing left such a "light" behind, many candles and/or bonfires are lit.
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