Six Fun Ways to Celebrate Sukkot With Your Family
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. Sukkot begins on the evening of October 13 and ends on the evening of October 20.
Sukkot commemorates the 40 years the Israelites traveled through 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 the 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.
It can be challenging to find space and time to build an outdoor sukkah, so here are some alternative ways to celebrate this holiday:
1. 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!
2. 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?
3. Build a mini edible sukkah with graham crackers or gingerbread. Click here for the tutorial.
4. Go for a nature walk in Audubon Park. Explore the dirt-covered outer loop and pickup sticks, leaves, and interesting rocks along the way.
5. Repurpose that Amazon cardboard box and build a mini sukkah in your living room. Decorate your sukkah with family photos, colorful art, or welcome signs to encourage others to visit.
6. 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.
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