A festive day centered on children in the Jewish calendar, celebrating the anniversary of the passing of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar, and in whose honor fires are lit.
In the weeks between Passover and Shavuot, a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva. On Lag BaOmer the dying ceased.
In the days before, you see young people scrounging for wood and the likes, and investing their energies into building their bonfire pyre.
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