First Day of Sukkot in United States
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 ObservancesNote: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday type||Where it is observed|
|Thu||Sep 23||2010||First Day of Sukkot||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 13||2011||First Day of Sukkot||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 1||2012||First Day of Sukkot||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Sep 19||2013||First Day of Sukkot||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 9||2014||First Day of Sukkot||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Sep 28||2015||First Day of Sukkot||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 17||2016||First Day of Sukkot||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Oct 5||2017||First Day of Sukkot||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Sep 24||2018||First Day of Sukkot||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Oct 14||2019||First Day of Sukkot||Jewish holiday|
|Sat||Oct 3||2020||First Day of Sukkot||Jewish holiday|
Quick FactsThe first day of Sukkot marks the start of the Sukkot festival for Jewish communities in many countries, including the United States.
First Day of Sukkot 2015Monday, September 28, 2015
First Day of Sukkot 2016Monday, October 17, 2016
Name in other languages
|First Day of Sukkot||English|
|Sukkot (erster Tag)||German|
- Last Day of Sukkot – Sunday, October 4, 2015
- Shmini Atzeret – Monday, October 5, 2015
- Simchat Torah – Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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