Sukkot begins October 16th 2016, and ends October 23rd, 2016
Sukkot is a Jewish festival celebrated on the 15th day of the Tishrei (late September to late October) month. Sukkot is the occasion that is commemorated by the Jewish People for the time spent in the desert by them after being free from Egypt.
- The holiday lasts for seven days , that includes Chol Hamoed and it is followed by yet another festive day called Shemini Atzeret.
- Sukkot is a Hebrew word which stands for “booth” and it specifies the temporary houses that are recommended to live in during these seven day holidays .
- The sukkah is the recollection of the type of vulnerable dwellings in which the earlier Israelites stayed during their 40 years of roaming about as nomads in the desert after the migration from Egypt.
All through the holidays the sukkah turned into the dwelling place of the house. During each holiday, every member of the house declaims a blessing over the etrog and lulav or four species.
Based on Zechariah believe, messianic era Sukkot will be transformed into a universal festival and every country will come as pilgrims every year to Jerusalem in an effort to celebrate the sukkot there.
Features of Sukkot History
- Sukkot, celebrated for seven days, in which the initial day is celebrated as a total festival coupled with specific prayer offering and enjoying holiday foods.
- The rest of the days are observed as Chol HaMoed.
- The seventh day is considered to be Hoshana Rabbah, in which to honor the tradition, worshippers in the synagogue take a round of the periphery of the sanctuary during morning services.
- All through the week of Sukkot, meals are consumed in the sukkah and some people along with families sleep there, albeit this requirement is waived in the event of rain.
Torah is read everyday during Sukkot in prayers. In addition, four species are recited and displayed other than Shabbat and are accepted as a part of the Hoshanotr and Hallel of the prayer.
In ancient times, a sukkah was the home of a farmer away from home when he was busy in planting, caring for, and collecting the crops. It is just to pay respect for the traditions of the earlier times that Jews continue to create the huts and celebrate over the harvest as done by their forefathers.
Although the time spent within the hut is very limited, the efforts involved in building and decorating it are something special in terms of experience. For those people who do not build their hut, they have a communal sukkah for them to use in the holiday.
Importance of Willow, Myrtle and Palm
There are also four different types of plants facilitated in the holiday's religious practice to mark the distinction of the harvest. The citron is a fruit resembling a lemon, and each offshoot of a palm tree, willow and myrtle are placed in the group.
Facts about Ventilation
- These days sukkos are very cozy with air conditioning and or heating outside.
- There are still some components that can adversely affect the comforts like bugs.
- Most people do not facilitate conditioning outside; so, if it's a virtually a hot day, then the atmosphere can get drastically discomforting inside the sukkah.
Rare Species of Fruit
- Another important aspect of Sukkos is the Etrog and Lulav Set.
- The etrog, which is also called as an esrog, is a unique and very rare fruit that is only grown in very few areas of the world.
- It is quite identical in look and feel to a lemon but has several bumps and seen in several shapes.
It is not consumed on Sukkot but most of the people make jam out of this fruit after the completion of the holidays.
- An etrog is quite expensive and they have several varieties in the types and where they are grown. There are various things to look at with the fruit to decide its real value.
- The lulav is considered in association with the etrog. The lulav is found on palm trees and this fruit needs to be grown under right supervision so that the spine stays intact and should not split.
- The esrog and lulav are displayed in the Jewish prayers along with arovos and hadasssim for the holiday. There are also products of other plants that manifest different things in regards to the holiday.
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