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Israel prepares for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot

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Rabbi Mendel Duchman stands in front of a sukkah, the temporary shelter where Jews gather to celebrate the harvest festival of Sukkot, set up at the Armani Hotel in Dubai, on October 5, 2020.
AP/Kamran Jebreili 2020 ©Rabbi Mendel Duchman stands in front of a sukkah, the temporary shelter where Jews gather to celebrate the harvest festival of Sukkot, set up at the Armani Hotel in Dubai, on October 5, 2020.

Sukkot is traditionally celebrated by building outdoor huts

Israel's Jewish population is preparing for a joyous Sukkot holiday on Monday.

Sukkot lasts seven days, and commemorates the shelters built by the ancient Jews on their journey out of Egypt.

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The season's festivities include construction of an outdoor hut and a symbolically significant bouquet consisting of a palm frond, a citron (known as an etrog in Israel), a myrtle branch, and a willow branch. Special prayers are also read, including those from the Book of Ecclesiastes

Celebrations are set to begin at sunset on Monday, September 20, and will end at nightfall on Monday, 27 September.

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During the holiday, most establishments will be closed or operating on a schedule of reduced hours, according to Israel's Foreign Affairs Ministry. The ministry's offices will also be closed for the Sukkot holiday from Monday, September 20 through Wednesday, September 29.

The holiday is followed on the Jewish calendar by Shemini Atzeret, which takes place following the last day of Sukkot. Shemini Atzeret will start at sunset on Friday, October 9, and conclude at nightfall on Saturday, October 10.