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First Day of Sukkot in United States

Quick Facts

The first day of Sukkot marks the start of the Sukkot festival for Jewish communities in many countries, including the United States.

Local names

NameLanguage
First Day of SukkotEnglish
SucotSpanish
סוכותHebrew
عيد المظالArabic
초막절Korean
Sukkot (erster Tag)German

First Day of Sukkot 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

First Day of Sukkot 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
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Many Jewish communities in the United States celebrate the first day of Sukkot (Succot, Succoth, Sukkoth), which is the start of the Sukkot period. This period, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, lasts for about seven days. It 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 praying on Sukkot

A Rabbi is pictured praying during Sukkot.

©iStockphoto.com/Tova Teitelbaum

What do people do?

Many Jewish Americans build a temporary booth known as the sukkah, which is where they eat, sleep and use for the Sukkot period, which lasts for about seven days.  The first day of Sukkot is kept like the Sabbath so many Jewish people do not engage in certain work activities on this day. The rest of the days during the Sukkot period are days when work is permitted.

Many Jewish people in north-east United States hang dry squash and corn in the sukkah to decorate it. These vegetables are sometimes used for Halloween and Thanksgiving afterwards.  Building and decorating a sukkah prior to Sukkot is a fun project for many Jewish Americans, in a similar fashion to decorating the Christmas tree prior to Christmas Day. Many also observe a religious duty, or mitzvah, known as waving the four species (of plants) and reciting a blessing. This deed is usually performed each day during Sukkot (except for the Sabbath).

Public life

The first day of Sukkot is a 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.

Background

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.

Symbols

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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First Day of Sukkot Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
ThuOct 41990First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
MonSep 231991First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
MonOct 121992First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
ThuSep 301993First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
TueSep 201994First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
MonOct 91995First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
SatSep 281996First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
ThuOct 161997First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
MonOct 51998First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
SatSep 251999First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
SatOct 142000First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
TueOct 22001First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
SatSep 212002First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
SatOct 112003First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
ThuSep 302004First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
TueOct 182005First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
SatOct 72006First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
ThuSep 272007First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
TueOct 142008First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
SatOct 32009First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
ThuSep 232010First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
ThuOct 132011First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
MonOct 12012First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
ThuSep 192013First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
ThuOct 92014First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
MonSep 282015First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
MonOct 172016First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
ThuOct 52017First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
MonSep 242018First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
MonOct 142019First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 
SatOct 32020First Day of SukkotJewish holiday 

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