Visit Israel during the holiday of Sukkot!
If you plan your trip to Israel in the early autumn, you could be given a very special treat: the holiday of Sukkot!
Sukkot outside of apartments or on balconies in Jerusalem.
Sukkot for shepherds and herders.
Sukkot for large families.
Sukkot for soldiers.
Sukkot for evening snacks.
Sukkot for elegant meals.
Spend Sukkot in Israel with Israel Celebration Tours!
Sukkot (Hebrew: סוכות or סֻכּוֹת, sukkōt), is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (begins between late September to late October, based on the Jewish Lunar calendar). It is an annual reminder of the forty years during which the Israelites lived in the Sinai desert living in temporary shelters, which is called a sukkah or sometimes a “booth.” Sukkot is sometimes referred to as the Festival of Booths. As it turns out, this is also the time of year when certain agricultural crops are harvested, so the seven-day festival (eight days for Jews who live outside of Israel) is also known as the Feast of the Ingathering.
Why Sukkot in Israel is Special
This week-long holiday falls a few days after Yom Kippor. While Yom Kippor is solemn, Sukkot is joyous. Sukkot in Israel is also a time of vacation for Israelis, which means there are lots of activities all across the country. Museums and parks will have special events. Because the heat of summer begins to lift, it is a wonderful time to go hiking and biking.
All that said, we must note that some venues may be busy with Israelis enjoying the holiday, and hotels will charge a bit more.The first and last days are national holidays when most businesses will be closed (much like a regular Shabbat). If you love the idea of experiencing Israel during this holiday, Israel Celebration Tours will design a custom tour with one of our top-rated guides to get around any inconveniences that an unplanned tour would encounter.
Something You Will See at No Other Time of Year
During Sukkot, wherever you go in Israel – including military bases – you’ll find structures whose walls are built of wood or sturdy fabrics, even on army bases! These are sukkahs. The top or roof is meant to be temporary and made of something natural, such as bamboo or palm fronds, or perhaps woven straw mats. While the roof will protect its visitors from sun, it won’t be solid, as we are supposed to be able to see some small amount of sky while inside. Some are small, some are huge, some plain, and some sophisticated. The insides of the sukkah are often decorated with fruits, posters, garlands of flowers, crafts made by children, and weather protected lights. Each is unique!
Israelis usually build their booths or sukkahs (or sukkot in Hebrew) outside of their homes or on apartment balconies, but don’t be surprised if your hotel has an elegant sukkah in which you can celebrate the holiday. Families will have their meals in the sukkah and may even sleep in it, recreating the experience of their ancestors in the desert.
Would you like for us to arrange for you to share a Sukkot meal with an Israeli family? We can arrange that too.