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Last Day of Sukkot in the United States

Many Jewish people in the United States mark Hoshana Rabbah (or Hoshana Raba) as the last day of Sukkot (Succot, Succoth, Sukkoth) in their calendars. This day is the end of the Sukkot period, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles. The Sukkot festival is observed during the week starting on 15th day of Tishri (or Tishrei), which is the first month of the year in the Jewish calendar.

Rabbi holding lulav
One Sukkot tradition is to fulfill the religious duty (mitzvah) of dwelling in the sukkah.
One Sukkot tradition is to fulfill the religious duty (mitzvah) of dwelling in the sukkah.
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What Do People Do?

Hoshana Rabbah is marked by a special service at the synagogue. During the service, the rolls of the Torah are taken out of their ark and worshippers make seven circuits while holding the four species and reciting Hoshanot (Psalm 118:25). The four species (four plants with symbolic meanings) are waved in proscribed directions after a blessing is recited during Sukkot, except on Shabbat (the Sabbath). People may do this at a synagogue, in the sukkah or at home. The beating of the aravah, a willow branch, is also performed.

Some sources say that it is traditional to wear a kittle (shroud worn on Yom Kippur) on the last day of Sukkot. It is also customary to eat a festive meal in the sukkah in the afternoon to fulfill the religious duty (mitzvah) of dwelling in the sukkah one last time for the year. The heavenly decrees made on Rosh Hashanah (and sealed on Yom Kippur) are sent out on Hoshana Rabbah, according to Jewish belief. The Kabbalah’s main book also says that nations around the world are judged on this day.

Public Life

The last day of Sukkot is not a nationwide public holiday in the United States. However, many Jewish businesses, schools and organizations may be closed or offer a reduced level of service.


The Sukkot period is a time to remember the Jewish people’s wandering in the desert for 40 years following their exodus from Egypt, according to Jewish teachings. It is also a time to celebrate the grape harvest. Some sources claim that Sukkot lasts for about seven days while others state that it is an eight-day festival.

The seventh day of Sukkot is known as Hoshana Rabbah while the eighth day is known as Shmini Atzeret and the day after is called Simchat Torah. Hoshana Rabbah is known as the day of the final sealing of judgment, which began on Rosh Hashanah.


An important Sukkot symbol is the sukkah. This is a temporary structure with a roof made of sechach or s'chach, which is raw, unfinished plant material, such as palm branches, bamboo poles, reeds or even corn stalks.

The “four species” are also important symbols of Sukkot and represent the blessings of nature. These are lulav (a green, closed frond of a date palm tree), hadass (twigs and leaves from a myrtle tree), aravah (twigs and leaves from a willow tree) and etrog (a lemon-like fruit of the citron tree).

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Last Day of Sukkot Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
WedSep 292010Last Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
WedOct 192011Last Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
SunOct 72012Last Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
WedSep 252013Last Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
WedOct 152014Last Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
SunOct 42015Last Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
SunOct 232016Last Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
WedOct 112017Last Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
SunSep 302018Last Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
SunOct 202019Last Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
FriOct 92020Last Day of SukkotJewish holiday 

Quick Facts

Many Jewish communities in countries such as the United States observe the last day of Sukkot, which marks the end of the Sukkot festival.

Last Day of Sukkot 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Last Day of Sukkot 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Name in other languages

Last Day of SukkotEnglish
Último día de SucotSpanish
היום האחרון של חג הסוכותHebrew
اليوم الأخير من عيد العرشArabic
초막절 마지막 날Korean
Sukkot – siste dagNorwegian
Sukkot (letzter Tag)German
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

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