When Is Shavuot? - United States Holiday

by Mike Wang on March 13, 2019

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Many Jewish Americans observe Shavuot, which is the second of three major Jewish festivals that focus on historical and agricultural importance. The other two are Passover and Sukkot. Shavuot follows Passover by 50 days. Shavuot occurs on the sixth day of the month of Sivan in the Jewish calendar.

Is Shavuot a Public Holiday?

Shavuot is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, 9 June 2019 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in the United States.

What Do People Do?

Many Jewish communities in the United States observe special customs on Shavuot. These activities include reading the Book of Ruth or staying up all night to study the Torah (the five books of Moses). Many Jewish people also eat dairy foods during Shavuot. Many homes are decorated with various plants, including those with flowers. Special prayers are made and candles are lit on this day. Jewish confirmations may also take place at this time of the year.

Some Jewish people take some of their annual holiday during this time of the year so they do not need to work on Shavuot. Some sources say that, according to Jewish custom, no work is permitted on Shavuot except cooking, baking, transferring fire and carrying objects or equipment.

Public Life

Shavuot is not a federal public holiday in the United States. However, some Jewish people may take some of their annual vacation around this time of the year.


Shavuot is the second of three pilgrim festivals and it follows the Passover by 50 days. It is also known as the Festival of Weeks, the Feast of Weeks, or the Feast of the Harvest because it originally marked the end of the seven weeks of the Passover barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest. At one time, Jewish men were expected to bring their first omer, or sheaf, of barley to the Temple in Jerusalem as a thanksgiving offering.

After the period of Jewish slavery in Egypt, Shavuot also celebrated Moses’ return from the top of Mt Sinai with the two stone tablets containing the “Ten Commandments”. These commandments are the most fundamental laws of the Jewish faith. Therefore, Shavuot is also known as the Festival of the Giving of the Law.

Shavuot Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

Year Weekday Date Name Holiday Type
2015 Sun 24 May Shavuot Jewish holiday
2016 Sun 12 Jun Shavuot Jewish holiday
2017 Wed 31 May Shavuot Jewish holiday
2018 Sun 20 May Shavuot Jewish holiday
2019 Sun 9 Jun Shavuot Jewish holiday
2020 Fri 29 May Shavuot Jewish holiday
2021 Mon 17 May Shavuot Jewish holiday
2022 Sun 5 Jun Shavuot Jewish holiday
2023 Fri 26 May Shavuot Jewish holiday
2024 Wed 12 Jun Shavuot Jewish holiday
2025 Mon 2 Jun Shavuot Jewish holiday

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