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110522 All Night Dance Party at Bar Yochai's Grave
The day of Lag BaOmer is also celebrated as the anniversary of death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the greatest teacher of Torah in his generation. According to tradition, on the day of Bar Yochai's death, he revealed the deepest secrets of the Kabbalah. On the day of his death, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai instructed his students to celebrate this day as a holiday to commemorate the vast amount of mystical teachings which were revealed to them.
In Meron, the burial place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai hundreds of thousands of religious Jews gather to celebrate with bonfires, torches, song and feasting. Celebrations go on throughout the night and escalate towards dawn. It is also a custom at the Meron celebrations that three-year-old boys are given their first haircuts while their parents distribute wine and sweets - a tradition called Halaka.
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