The word Shavuot means 'weeks' in Hebrew, and the festival marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan. The holiday commemorates when the Jewish people received the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai declaring them as a nation.
The holiday is also known as the Festival of Harvest for agriculturally this is when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple. This is one of the many reasons we read The Book of Ruth on this holiday, since it occurred during the harvest season.
Though how Shavuout is known throughout the world and mainly celebrated is by preparing and eating decedent dairy dishes. Check out our Pintrest board here to get some ideas for recipes!