Sukkot means "booths."
Sukkot is a seven-day (8 days in the Diaspora) outdoor festival. Throughout the week of the festival Jews eat, sleep and socialize in a Sukkah (Sukkah Hut). Sukkot, the
plural form of Sukkah ( temporary dwelling, booth) is also known as the Festival of Booths and the Feast of Tabernacles or the Feast of the Ingathering (Lev.23; Exod 23:
16). It is the last of the seven Feasts and celebrated on the 15th month of Tishrei (late September or late October). It is the seventh of the Feasts, observed in the seventh month and was to last seven days. The people during the Feast were to dwell in booths. "The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.....Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days....
Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God." (Lev.23:34 - 44).
"We (Jews) are commanded to make our Sukkah our main dwelling place -- to eat, sleep, learn Torah and spend our time there. If one would suffer from being in a Sukkah
-- i.e., from rain or snow -- or heat and humidity -- he is freed from the obligation to dwell there. We make, however, every effort to at least eat in the Sukkah -- especially
the first night." Aish.com. ABCs of Sukkot Guidelines for the joyous Jewish outdoor festival of Sukkot.
The eighth day from the beginning of Sukkot is called 'Shemini Atzeret', or the Eighth Day of Assembly. The synogogue service on that day includes a reading of the Book
On the last day, the ninth after the beginning of Sukkot, is called Simchat Torah. On this day, is celebrated the ending of the annual cycle of weekly recitations from the Pentateuch, which form a part of the synagogue service.
1) A Sukkah in Paris, France. Photo.Travail personnel. Author - Utilisateur:Djampa. 2) A Sukkah in New Hampshire, England.