Lag B'Omer celebration canceled in Orange County due to coronavirus restrictions

Thousands of mainly Hasidic Jews typically dance and pray around a huge bonfire to celebrate the end of a plague during the Middle Ages.

News 12 Staff

May 11, 2020, 10:04 AM

Updated 1,474 days ago

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A religious celebration that attracts thousands of people to Orange County won't be held this year due to the restrictions surrounding the coronavirus.
Every year, thousands of members of the Hasidic community have gathered outside the Satmar synagogue on Garfield Road in the ultra-Orthodox village of Palm Tree to celebrate Lag B'Omer.
The multitudes typically dance and pray around a huge bonfire to celebrate the end of a plague that killed tens of thousands of yeshiva students during the Middle Ages as well as the religious teachings of a beloved rabbi who died during that plague.
Usually, people from all over New York come for the big celebration. Gatherings such as this are prohibited due to orders issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo because of the coronavirus pandemic, so the event that would have been held this evening has been canceled.
There have been times during the pandemic when members of the Hasidic community have ignored orders and large crowds have gathered for certain occasions, so most likely police will be keeping a close watch to make sure that does not happen.
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