Also known as the Festival of Booths and the Harvest Festival, Jews celebrate this time as a pilgrimage feast and time of thanksgiving. The booths or huts remind Jews of the tents used by the Israelites during their years wandering in the wilderness, as well as the dwellings used by Jewish farmers at harvest time. Some Jews refrain from work on the first two days of the festival and are encouraged to eat as many meals as possible in sukkah (a specially designed outdoor hut).
This eighth day of Sukkot [Festival of Tabernacles] features prayers for rain and a good harvest in the coming year. It begins at sundown. Some Jews refrain from work and other activities in observance of this day.