Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Pictoral Explanation (Special Exposure Wednesday)

Note: For more of "special exposure Wednesday, go HERE. My "special exposure Wednesday " picture is the one of Ricki with her decoration (below).

Knowing that many of my readers are not familiar with the sukkot (tabernacles) holiday, I thought I would explain a bit. Monay I toke this picture of the moon; you can see that it is almost full.

When the moon is full, on Wednesday evening, the 7 day holiday of Sukkot starts, which will be followed by an eighth day, "Simchat Torah". (Outside of Israel, the holiday is a day longer.) During sukkot, we dwell in a "booth" (succah)(see HERE). This is a structure, usually with wooden walls, and a ceiling that is made of plants, and is porous. For roofing, usually one uses either plant leaves (like from a palm tree), or woven mats of reeds or bamboo sticks:

Here is a sukkah in preparation (our neighbor's), before the walls have been finished, or the roofing laid:

Here are some sukkot in various stages of preparation:

Here is Ricki with a decoration that she made for the succah):

And here is a miniture play sukkah Ricki made:

Another decoration that Ricki made:

The final picture of our sukkah will come later this week.


Alison said...

Does this happen every full moon or just once a year? I can't wait to see more pictures and hear more about it!

The Henrys said...

Thanks for sharing this with us. I have never heard about it before.

She looks proud of her work!

Kathleen@so much to say, so little time said...

Those are terrific decorations! Kudos to her!

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of this before. Thanks for taking the time to explain.

rickismom said...

Once a year!