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What day is Lag BaOmer on? Lag BaOmer 2017 is observed on a Sunday in May. In 2016, it was on a Thursday and Lag BaOmer in 2018 is on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Countdown to Lag BaOmer 2017 date is below, plus holiday history, activities, facts, details, and upcoming public holidays.

Many Jewish people in the United States observe Lag B’Omer, also known as Lag BaOmer, on the 18th day of the month of Iyar in the Jewish calendar. The name of this observance means refers to the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer.

When is Lag BaOmer 2017? This year Lag BaOmer is on Sunday, May 14, 2017.


Many Jewish Americans observe Lag B’Omer on the 18th day of the month of Iyar in the Jewish calendar.

Below you will find all the details for Lag BaOmer 2017 including, are banks open, is there mail delivery and related holiday information.

Is Lag BaOmer a federal holiday?

No, Lag BaOmer is not a federal holiday. There are ten annual US federal holidays on the calendar designated by the United States Congress. The following federal holidays are established by law:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Third Monday in January).
  • Washington’s Birthday (Third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (Second Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Is Lag BaOmer a national holiday?

Lag B’Omer is not a federal public holiday in the United States. Government offices, organizations, public transit services, and educational institutions operate to their usual schedules. Lag BaOmer is not a national holiday. Unlike many other countries, there are no ‘national holidays’ in the United States because Congress only has constitutional authority to create holidays for federal institutions. Most federal holidays are also observered as state holidays.

Is Lag BaOmer a paid holiday?

The answer depends on your employer. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations or holidays (federal or otherwise).

Does the mail run on Lag BaOmer?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Lag BaOmer. All post offices and federal offices of any kind will be open for the holiday, which means businesses and homes will receive mail. This also counts USPS and Fedex packages. See holiday schedule on USPS and Fedex. The only time mail is not being delivered is on federal holidays, which are listed above.

Are banks open on Lag BaOmer?

Lag BaOmer is a Jewish holiday, which means all federal offices, courts and most banks will be open. While most banks are open, some banks can operate on their own schedules, so it may be best to check with your local branches. U.S. stock and bond markets like the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will be open. Grocery stores and malls are reportedly open.

If your bank is closed, it is still possible to conduct general banking transactions via ATM, online banking or your mobile phone. Apps and websites are running though not all normal functions may be accessed for the holiday.

Are stores open on Lag BaOmer?

On Lag BaOmer, most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open. There are no holidays on which all businesses are closed by law. However, some stores may have shortened or extended holiday hours for the day. Stores may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses may be closed on in order to give their employees the day off. For restaurants, stores and other establishments specific to your area, you will have to check with the individual business.

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Lag BaOmer 2017

Holiday: Lag BaOmer
Date: May 14, 2017
Weekday: Sunday
Holiday Type: Jewish holiday
Lag BaOmer 2018: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Lag BaOmer 2019: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Lag BaOmer 2020: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

History & Origin

The name of this Jewish observance refers to the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer. An “omer” refers to a sheaf of barley or wheat. In the book of Leviticus, it is written that God commanded people to make an offering of a sheaf of barley on each of the 50 days between Passover and Shavuot. The day number was announced after the evening service, and in time this ceremony came to be known as the “counting of the Omer”.

The reason why the 33rd day of this period was singled out may have something to do with an ancient pagan festival that was celebrated at the same time. Another story claims that a plague attacked Rabbi Akiba’s students in the second century CE suddenly stopped on this day. Many Jewish people also mark this date by remembering the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who was one of Rabbi Akiva’s students. In any case, this observance represents a break in the season between Passover and Shavuot.

How To Celebrate Lag BaOmer

Jewish communities in the United States may celebrate Lag B’Omer by having bonfires for family and friends, while some Jewish people may choose to get married on this day. This is because mourning practices that occur during the Omer period are lifted on this date.

Some Jewish boys may not have their hair cut until they are three years old, when they begin to learn the Torah. Many wait until Lag B’Omer to have the ceremony, known as Upsherin, for this occasion. Some children play with bows, which represent rainbows. Some people eat carobs on this day in memory of a story about a carob tree that miraculously grew to provide sustenance for a rabbi known as Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai (whose teacher was Rabbi Akiba) and his son Elazar.

How To Say Lag BaOmer in:

Spanish: Lag BaΓ³mer
Norwegian: Lag BaOmer
German: Lag baOmer

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