What is a Sukkah?
A Sukkah is a temporary structure used during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, and it is traditional to decorate the sukkah with various items such as fruits and other colorful materials. Sukkah decorations are an easy way to make your sukkah feel like home. Popular decorations include festive items such as colored lights, banners, and streamers under the schach. Many people also hang artwork to remind them of Jerusalem, or other meaningful items in their sukkah to personalize it. The Sukkah Store offers a beautiful printed tapestry of a handmade piece of art depicting Jerusalem during the sukkot holiday!
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Families usually adorn the sukkah with children’s artwork from school, or with pictures of the family from past years. If a natural look is more appealing to you, hang branches, leaves, and gourds to symbolize the bounty of the harvest. Some Jews also hang colorful paper or cloth decorations, lights, or other ornaments to add a festive touch to the sukkah. Additionally, it is common to adorn the schach of the sukkah with hanging, geometric decorations that can be made of different materials such as paper or cloth. The goal of the decorations is to make the sukkah a welcoming and joyful space for celebrating the holiday with friends and family.
One popular way to decorate a sukkah is with flowers and plants. Flowers are a popular choice for sukkah decorations because they add a burst of color and fragrance to the space. These flowers can be arranged in vases or hung from the walls and ceiling using string or wire. Some people also like to use natural herbs to provide a pleasant, delectable aroma that can increase the appetite. Ideas include using mint, sage, or rosemary. These herbs can also be used in cooking for the holiday!
Plants can also be used to decorate a sukkah. One popular way to incorporate plants is by hanging vines or ivy from the ceiling or walls. This creates a natural and organic feel to the space. Potted plants can also be used to add greenery and can help purify the air within the sukkah. Use plants are easy to care for, and not too picky in their requirements. Overall, incorporating natural decorations into a sukkah can help create a warm and inviting atmosphere for all who enter.
On each day of Sukkot it is a mitzvah, or commandment, to perform a waving ceremony with the Lulav and Etrog (link to Lulav and Etrog), as well as to sit in the sukkah during the holiday. Prepare for the Sukkot holiday and buy your sukkah at the Sukkah Store now!
Sukkot 2023 will begin in the evening of Friday, September 29th, and end in the evening of Friday, October 6th.
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