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Lag B'Omer in Australia

 

Lag B'Omer is a Jewish traditional celebration that happens on the 18th day of the Jewish calendar’s month of Iyar. The event is named as such to coincide with the 33rd day of the counting of Omer. Lag B'Omer marks the lifting of the restrictions and mourning practices that were set during the Omer period.

What the Jewish Community in Australia Do During the Lag B'Omer

Lag B'Omer celebration is usually a very joyous event for the Jewish community. This is the day when the mourning in the Omer season ends, and the restrictions are lifted. By this time, the Jewish people can already hold merry-making events such as birthday parties, wedding events, and other similar celebrations. In Jewish schools, this day is usually the day the teachers and students go to the park and have picnics and enjoy playful moments. Teachers also do not fail to educate the students the nature of Lag B’Omer and its significance to the Jewish people.

In the big cities of Australia such as Melbourne, the Jewish community holds fun and lively activities in the celebration of the Lag B'Omer. There are parades and marching in the streets that consist of fire trucks, stilt walkers, army trucks, colourful floats, and musical bands. The city parks also become a venue for upbeat Jewish activities such as night concerts and live entertainments. Alongside the activities, there are food stalls, carnival rides, contests, and bonfires. Lighting a bonfire is a tradition of Lag B'Omer celebration and the event is not complete without it.

The Public and the Celebration of Lag B'Omer in Australia

Australia has a strong presence of Jewish community that is why Jewish traditions and celebrations have become a part of the country over the years. In Australia, Lag B'Omer is not declared a public holiday. All government departments and public offices operate during the Lag B'Omer, unless this day falls on a non-working day. Schools are also open during this day, again, unless it falls on a weekend. Despite not being a public holiday, everyone is encouraged to participate in the celebration of the Lag B'Omer after their schools or work schedule.

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Lag B'Omer Facts

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