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Harvest Festival in
Succoth is the Jewish
Harvest Festival. It begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew
month of Tishri. It is usually held in September and October.
This year's Succoth begins on the eve of October
13. The celebration lasts for 7 days.
Succoth traditions and customs have both
historical and religious significance. This festival dates
back to the period during which Hebrews wandered in the wilderness
on route to Canaan (now Israel). During their pilgrimage,
they lived in temporary booths. This open living space is
called a succah. People also gathered in sukkot (pleural for
succah) to worship and share meals. Thus, Succoth is also
called the Feast of Tabernacle. During harvest time, farmers
also lived in sukkot in open fields. During Succoth, farmers
take this time to thank God for the crops.
Today, modern Jewish communities continue
the traditions of building sukkot and holding festivities
inside them. For kids who love camping in the outdoor, this
is a lot of fun. The roof of a succah is built with olive
and other tree branches. The branches are decorated with fruits
and flowers. Three sides of the succah are covered with blue
and gold fabric. For those who need some help, you can also
buy a complete succah kit . During Succoth, a special ceremony
is held each day to remember Hebrew ancestors and to thank
God for the harvest. Families gather for meals and sleep inside
them as well.
Related Links - http://www.amfi.org/sukkoth.htm