The Feast of Booths, or Tabernacles or Sukkot, is the third of the great pilgrimage feasts given to Israel and is celebrated by a growing number of groups, including Messianic Jews and evangelical Christians. The Feast of Tabernacles is also known as the Feast of Ingathering (Leviticus 23:34; Exodus 23:16) and is called Sukkoth by the Jews today.
Sukkot is the seventh and final Biblical Feast given to Israel in Leviticus chapter 23. It is also known as The Feast of Tabernacles or The Feast of Booths. It is celebrated in the fall, from the 15th to the 22nd of Tishri on the Hebrew calendar to be exact. And, according to Leviticus 23:41, it is to be a “lasting ordinance for the generations to come,”—meaning there is no end to when we should stop celebrating it.
In Leviticus 23, the Lord instructs the native born Israelites to construct a sukkah, or a booth, or temporary hut and to live in it for 7 days as a reminder of their 40 year sojourn through the wilderness and their deliverance and Exodus out of Egypt.
Later, as Israel entered the Promised Land, this holiday also became associated as the “Feast of Ingathering”—a time to celebrate harvest (Deuteronomy 16). It is a time to celebrate with joy and thanksgiving—offering praise to the Lord for all that He has given us and delivered us from. The Lord actually commands that we rejoice during this festival in Deuteronomy 16.
So why might we celebrate Sukkot as a Christian? Because the feasts are not just the Jewish feasts, they are God’s feasts! Jesus was Jewish. If you are a follower of Christ, you are “adopted” into His family and take on His customs, traditions, and celebrations. We can celebrate all of the Lord’s feasts, not because we have to, but because we GET TO.
When is Sukkot?
Sukkot is observed on the 21st day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Jewish Calendar. It is only a floating holiday in respect to the Gregorian Calendar.