Watch: Lag Ba'omer celebrations in Meron

Tens of thousands arrive at burial place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai for Lag Ba'omer torch-lighting and celebration.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Bonfires in Meron (file)
Bonfires in Meron (file)

Video of first lighting - Courtesy of Eli Aviv

Lag Ba’omer celebrations commenced Wednesday evening at the burial site of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in the northern Israeli town of Meron.

Tens of thousands of people are in the mountainous area, participating in the traditional celebrations and torch-lightings of the various Hasidic sects.

According to custom, the first lighting was performed by the Boyaner Rebbe, amid the singing and dancing of hundreds of his followers.

Watch the live feed - courtesy of Eli Aviv:

Over the course of the night and tomorrow, dozens more lightings will take place on Mount Meron.

According to estimates, and despite the heavy heat, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai's gravesite during the celebrations.