A harvest festival commemorating the booths in which the Israelites resided during their 40 years in the wilderness, lasting for either 7 or 8 days and beginning on the eve of the 15th of Tishri.
A Jewish festival, the Feast of Tabernacles, celebrating the fall harvest and commemorating the desert wandering of the Israelites during the Exodus: observed from the 15th to the 22d day of Tishri.
Origin of sukkot
- Hebrew sukkôt (feast) of booths (commemorating the temporary shelters of the Jews in the wilderness) pl. of sukkâ booth from sākak to weave together, screen skk in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition