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The Jewish festival of Sukkot celebrates God’s protection of the Israelites, as well as the agricultural harvest. In 2020, Sukkot beings at sundown on Friday, Oct. 2, and ends at sundown on Friday, Oct. 9.

A sukkah structure is symbolic of God’s presence and protection of the Jewish people throughout the centuries.

Hundreds of Jewish families in the Seattle-area eat their meals, and sometimes sleep in the structures for the autumn festival referred to in Hebrew as Z’man Simchateinu or “Time of Our Rejoicing.” The sukkah is also reminiscent of the structures the ancient Israelites lived in during their 40 years in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt.