During the fall months, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are the biggest Jewish holidays. But there are a few smaller ones that are coming up soon in October. Here are three Jewish holidays that occur during this month and the importance of these fall holidays.
Sukkot, also known as the “Festival of Tabernacles” and the “Feast of Booths" is one of the Jewish holidays that occur in October this year. The date changes, but it often held in Late September or early October. This year the holiday begins at sundown on October 4, 2017, and lasts through sunset on October 11, 2017.
This is one of Judaism's pilgrimage festivals, with the other primary pilgrimage festivals being Passover and Shavuot. It is custom to build a temporary hut when celebrating the holiday. The customs also call for buying and shaking a lulav and etrog. And there are often water-drawing ceremonies that occur during this time. It is important to read from the Torah and welcome all who want to learn about the religion.
Shemini Atzeret, also known as the Eighth day of Assembly, is celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. This year, that day falls at sunset on October 11, 2017, and continues until October 12, 2017. This holiday helps to celebrate the end of Sukkot, although many people feel it is an extension of Sukkot. To put it in simple terms, all people are invited to celebrate and participate in Sukkot, even if they are not Jewish. However, those who are Jewish are allowed one extra day of relaxation and celebration in their temporary hut, and this extra day is Shemini Atzeret.
The last Jewish holiday that occurs in October this year is Simchat Torah, which means Rejoicing of the Torah. This year, the holiday begins at sundown on October 12, 2017, and ends at sunset on October 13, 2017. This holiday marks the end of the public Torah readings cycle and begins a new one. On this day, family and friends gather together to rejoice in and read the Torah, as well as rejoicing in the conclusion of both Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret.
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