Sukkot is an important Jewish festival mentioned in the Bible. Sukkot usually begins 5 days after the celebration of Yom Kippur. It is a week-long festival and holiday. The day it is celebrated according to the date of the Hebrew calendar is also known locally as Tishrei. This seven-day long festival has considerable significance which may be unknown to you. You may still not know when, why and how it is celebrated. But if you are interested in knowing about the famous festivals of different countries then this article is for you.
These days are reminiscent of many things that have been going on for a long time. The Israelites wandered in the desert for a long time without a roof over their heads. Then they prepared some huts called sukkah where they started living. It is observed every year to recall their lack and need for this shelter.
Happy Sukkot 2022
Sukkot is traditionally celebrated annually on the fifteenth day of the seventh month according to the Jewish calendar. So according to the English calendar it occurs between mid-September and late October. Sukkot 2022 will begin on the evening of October 9 and end on the evening of October 16. The Israelites had long been enslaved by the Egyptians.
God brought the Israelites out of Egypt to free them from slavery to the Egyptians. But since they were slaves, they had no place of their own, so they wandered like nomads in the desert region for 40 days. Then they gathered some small things and prepared a house and started living there. They also realized how important an overhead shelter is. The day is observed annually by the Jews as a reminder of the Israelites’ lack of shelter.
Why is Sukkot Celebrated?
Living for a few days on Sukkot is a sign of obedience to God. Because God wants everyone to feel the suffering and faith in God many years ago. These huts were so small that it would have been difficult for the people to live in them, yet it was a joy to the Israelites because they had nowhere else to live. You will be surprised to know that the size of Sukkah was up to 22 inches wide and up to 31 inches high.
Overall the entire house is not more than 32 feet. Its canopy was made of plants, especially palm leaves. Although they provided enough shade, people could still see the stars at night and were exposed to rainwater. His struggle with this nature is not a day, that is why people literally remember these past events for seven days.
How is Sukkot Celebrated?
Jews have several plans for celebrating Sukkot since it is not limited to one day. All businesses are closed on the first day, but schools are closed throughout the week. All work is prohibited on this day. On the second day, businesses resumed their normal operations. The third day and the following days are called Chol Hamoed because during this time people are allowed to do some certain activities.
However, the main attraction of this celebration is that almost all families build a Sukkah in their backyard and live in it for a week. Here they eat and drink and perform all other functions. People make the huts today with the same materials that the Israelites used to make them from plants.
However, some space can be expanded if necessary to include the whole family in this room. Besides, their creation has some greater significance. Other days of the year the family members may stay in different rooms. They don’t even eat together. But during these seven days they socialize and eat together and spend time with their loved ones.