With temperatures in the 90s, it is easy to forget that fall is here. Fortunately, we have the holiday of Sukkot to remind us that the harvest season has begun.
Traditionally, Sukkot commemorated the 40 years Israelites spent in the desert before entering Israel. Now, Sukkot is a time to celebrate the fall harvest. A sukkah (Hebrew word for hut) is a temporary structure that represents the shelter farmers used during harvest time. It is central symbol of the holiday and a place for families to eat, sleep, pray, and socialize during the week-long celebration. Eating inside a sukkah during Sukkot is a mitzvah. There is no denying that sukkahs are awesome, but it can be challenging to find the space and time to build one. Here are some alternative ways to celebrate this holiday:
- Visit the Crescent City Farmers Market and pick out some farm to table vegetables. Talk with farmers — find out exactly where their farm is located and what crops are in season. Eating locally grown, fresh foods is a great way to celebrate the harvest!
- Pack a picnic and head to The Fly! Part of eating in a sukkah is being able to eat while gazing at the stars. Bring cheese, hummus, vegetables, and apples and honey (of course,) and enjoy the sunset. Who will be able to spot the first star?
- Go for a nature walk in Audubon Park. Explore the dirt-covered outer loop and pickup sticks, leaves, and interesting rocks along the way.
- Invite guests over for a dinner party. Welcoming your friends and neighbors for a meal — even if it’s not under a sukkah — still embodies the tradition of Sukkot.
- Attend our Sukkot Family Dinner on Tuesday, September 25 or visit one of the sukkahs at our JCC. Come check out either our indoor or outdoor sukkahs to get inspired for your own next year!
Sukkot begins on the evening of September 23 and ends on the evening of September 30. Learn more about Sukkot.