In Israel is the title ‘Succoth’ is the traditional, harvest festival and they celebrate it with great passion, similar to Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving in Israel or Succoth is a major festival and on this day, many ancient customs are followed. Read on to learn more about Thanksgiving in Israel.
The ‘Succoth’ is celebrated to remember the healthy harvest of fruits during the ancient times. In olden times, most Jews were farmers or shepherds. Every day in the past, Jews walked from their homes to their crop fields to look after their crops, while crossing the hot desert. During the harvest season, the farmers would build huts or shelters within the fields to avoid wasting time and effort, walking back and forth from their homes to the fields
As part of the ‘Succoth’ harvest festival, services and processions were held at the synagogues. Special ceremonies to thank and praise the Lord for the harvest are conducted on a daily basis, during ‘Succoth’ or Thanksgiving.
Ancient customs and the story of how the Hebrew ancestors would sing hymns during times of great pain are recounted to the people of Israel as a part of the ceremonies. During the festival, people would carry fruits with them to be reminded of how blessed they are in life. Large lemons called ‘etrogs’ are carried in their left hands and a handful of leaves known as ‘lulav’, are carried in their right hands.
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