Sukkot for the year 2020 starts on the evening of Sunday, October 4th ending the 7 day festival on sundown Friday, October 9th. The festival in Israel lasts for 6 days ending at sundown on Thursday, October 8th. For the Jewish calendar night begins before day, thus the holiday or festival begins on the sunset of the previous day.
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 with some overlap after Sukkot with Simchat Torah ending the annual cycle of bible readings.
Why do Jewish holidays start at nighttime?
According to the Torah, the story of creation in Genesis says “And it was evening, and it was morning day one”, “And it was evening, and it was morning; the second day”, thus night comes before day. So for the Jewish calendar all days begin at nightfall and end the next day at nightfall including holidays.
Days to the start of Sukkot 2020
Saturday, October 3rd is day number 277 of the 2020 calendar year with 6 months, 2 days until the start of the 7 day festival of Sukkot 2020.
|Name(s):||Sukkot, Feast of Tabernacles, Feast of the Ingathering, Sukkos, Feast of Booths|
|When:||Begins 15th day of Tishrei and ends 7 day festival on 22nd of Tishrei (Ends Israel 21st day of Tishrei)|
Dates for Sukkot
|Holiday||Date||Days to Go|
|Sukkot 2019||Monday, October 14, 2019||-169|
|Sukkot 2020||Saturday, October 03, 2020||186|
|Sukkot 2021||Tuesday, September 21, 2021||539|
|Sukkot 2022||Monday, October 10, 2022||923|
|Sukkot 2023||Saturday, September 30, 2023||1278|
|Sukkot 2024||Thursday, October 17, 2024||1661|