One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A major Jewish festival held in the autumn (beginning on the 15th day of Tishri) to commemorate the sheltering of the Israelites in the wilderness. It is marked by the erection of small booths covered in natural materials.Also called Feast of Tabernacles
- ‘We say it on the Three Pilgrim Festivals, Shevvot, Succoth and Pesach and we also say the memorial service when somebody dies, at the service itself.’
- ‘The first debate, to be held next Thursday in Coral Gables, Fla., coincides with the Jewish harvest holiday of Succoth.’
- ‘It's known variously as the Feast of Tabernacles or Festival of Tabernacles, the Feast of Ingathering or Festival of Ingathering, the Feast of Booths or Festival of Booths, Succoth or Sukkot.’
- ‘Just a few days after the Jewish holiday of Succoth, Ramati took me on a tour of the Jewish enclaves of Hebron.’
- ‘Some say that Ecclesiastes is read at the feast of Succoth, a harvest holiday, to teach people to despise mundane matters as vanity.’
From Hebrew sukkōṯ, plural of sukkāh ‘thicket, hut’.
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