is a Jewish holiday celebrated on
the 15th day of the month of Tishrei.
It is one of the three
biblically-mandated Shalosh regalim
on which Jews made pilgrimages to
the Temple in Jerusalem.
Holy Day lasts seven days, including
Chol Hamoed and is immediately
followed by another festive day
known as Shemini Atzeret. The Hebrew
word sukkōt is the plural of sukkah,
"booth, tabernacle". The sukkah is
intended as a reminiscence of the
type of fragile dwellings in which
the ancient Israelites dwelt during
their 40 years of wandering in the
desert after the Exodus from Egypt.
Throughout the holiday the sukkah
becomes the living area of the
house, and all meals are eaten in
it. On each day of the holiday,
members of the household recite a
blessing over the lulav and etrog,
or Four species.
According to Zechariah, in the
messianic era Sukkot will become a
universal festival and all nations
will make pilgrimages annually to
Jerusalem to celebrate the feast