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A jubilee is a particular anniversary of an event, usually denoting the 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 65th, 70th, and the 95th anniversary. Of biblical origin, the term is often now used to denote the celebrations associated with the reign of a monarch after a milestone number of years have passed. In African American culture, "jubilee" is associated with celebration of emancipation from slavery.

Religious usage[edit]

The Jubilee (Hebrew: יובלyovel) year (every 50th year) and the Sabbatical year (every seventh year) are Biblical commandments concerning ownership of land and slaves. The laws concerning the Sabbatical year are still observed by many religious Jews in the State of Israel, while the Jubilee has not been observed for many centuries. According to the Hebrew Bible, every seventh year, farmers in the land of Israel are commanded to let their land lie fallow, and slaves were freed. The celebration of the Jubilee is the fiftieth year, that is, the year after seven Sabbatical cycles.

In Roman Catholic tradition, a Jubilee is a year of remission of sins and also the punishment due to sin.[1]

Other usage[edit]

"Jubilee" became closely associated with celebrations of emancipation from slavery during the American Civil War.[2]

These are also used as general terms in the modern world.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Francis announces new global jubilee, the Holy Year of Mercy". National Catholic Reporter. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  2. ^ Dodson, Howard (2003-07-30). Jubilee: The Emergence of African-american Culture. Diane Publishing Company. pp. i–iii. ISBN 978-0-7567-8175-0.

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