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Sukkoth



Article about the Jewish calendar

Celebrating Sukkoth, in front of a shack decorated with plants.
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Celebrating Sukkoth, in front of a shack decorated with plants.

Jewish festival, where living in huts made out of boughs gives the festival its name.
The feast is celebrated in memory of the Exodus from Egypt, and lasts for 7 days. It takes place from 15. Tishri, normally found in October. The reason for living in huts, is that this resembles the way the Jews were living during the 40 years of wandering on Sinai.
The practice during this feast varies, but the most pious still live in huts during the festival, and even more Jews eat their meals here, while they sleep in their houses. These huts are erected in the five days between Yom Kippur and Sukkoth.
Four species of plants are celebrated with Sukkoth, etrog (citron), lulav (date palm), myrtle, and willow. These are brought to the synagogue, and waved about during the ceremonies. On the last day of Sukkoth, the yearly cycle of reading the Torah starts in festive surroundings.




By Tore Kjeilen