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Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, marks the day the Torah was given to the Israelites at Mount Sinai. Bikkurim are given as offerings, as in this picture from Nahalal, Israel in 2006.
Native nameסִיוָן (Hebrew)
CalendarHebrew calendar
Month number3
Number of days30
SeasonSpring (Northern Hemisphere)
Gregorian equivalentMay–June
Significant daysShavuot
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Sivan (Hebrew: סִיוָן‎, Standard Sīvan, Tiberian Sīwān; from Akkadian simānu, meaning "Season; time") is the ninth month of the civil year and the third month of the religious year on the Hebrew calendar. It is a month of 30 days. Sivan usually falls in May–June on the Gregorian calendar.

Along with all other current, post-biblical Jewish month names, Sivan was adopted during the Babylonian captivity. In the Babylonian calendar it was named Araḫ Simanu.[1]


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  1. ^ Muss-Arnolt, W. (1892). "The Names of the Assyro-Babylonian Months and Their Regents". Journal of Biblical Literature. 11 (1): 72–94. doi:10.2307/3259081. hdl:2027/mdp.39015030576584. JSTOR 3259081. (free access at [1]).
  2. ^ Duetsch, Gotthard; Franco, M.; Malter, Henry (1905). "Purims, Special:". Jewish Encyclopedia. Vol. 10. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Co. p. 281. Retrieved 21 May 2024.

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