Sukkot – The Festival of the Harvest

One of the lesser-known Jewish holidays is Sukkot, the festival of the harvest. Sukkot takes place in the fall, following the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The mainstay of Sukkot is building a Sukkah, a wooden structure that is covered across the top with palm leaves and decorated inside with handmade decorations and fruits to celebrate the harvest.

Sophie and her preschool class did several Sukkot activities that included making Sukkah decorations and decorating two Sukkahs. I was fortunate enough to get a guided tour of the Sukkahs from Sophie herself. The decorations were beautiful – so full of color and creativity. I was so impressed with what these children were able to create (and the teachers who helped them do it).

I’m excited to make Sukkot a holiday we’ll now celebrate at home in the future. Sophie and I decided that if we can’t build a Sukkah next year, we’ll turn her backyard play structure into one with palm leaves on top and decorations inside. Happy Harvest!

Sophie in the mini Sukkah

Sukkah Decorations

The Big Sukkah

Sophie Painting the Sukkah Backdrop at School (photo courtesty of her teacher)
To learn about Sukkot, Sophie and I have been reading this book. We highly recommend it!

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