Lag B’Omer marks the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, whose teachings form a foundation of Jewish mysticism.

With many still grappling with the sheer magnitude of the tragedy in Meron last week on Lag b'Omer, here are some answers as to why the event was so crowded.

There is nothing like the celebration of Lag b'Omer in Israel, as large bonfires are lit, people sing and dance and music is blasted until late into the evening.