This year Sukkot is celebrated/ observed on Thursday October 5th, 2017. Sukkot is a seven day Jewish festival with the first day starting on the 15th day of the first month on the Jewish calendar called Tishri. This festival season is not a public holiday but many Jewish businesses and schools may have reduced hours. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are celebrated the next consecutive 2 days after Sukkot with Simchat Torah ending the annual cycle of bible readings.
People will often build a small space called the sukkah in which they will live in for the next seven days. Many will decorate their sukkah and hang corn and squash in them. The first day of Sukkot is the Sabbath and work is prohibited but the rest of the week days in the festival, work is allowed.
Sukkot relates to the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt and their wandering through the desert for 40 years. The festival also celebrates the grape harvest.