This Wednesday marks the start of Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival. Coming five days after the austere holiday of Yom Kippur, Sukkot celebrates agricultural bounty and commemorates 40 years of wandering. Sukkot is a design lover's dream, with temporary outdoor structures called sukkahs built as a place to gather, share meals, and celebrate.
Watch for signs of Sukkot everywhere this week. You will see sukkahs on balconies, in yards, and in public spaces. There's one built every year in Manhattan's Union Square, and next Sunday there will be a free outdoor screening of Sukkah City, the documentary film that tracks the 2010 juried competition that culminated with the construction and display of a dozen radical sukkahs in the middle of NYC. If you want to build your own, you can buy a kit or follow these DIY guidelines from Kveller. Invite friends to a casual dinner in the sukkah ("pizza in the hut" is always a big hit), and ask young guests to bring a piece of their favorite fruit to help adorn the sukkah roof. Want to know more? The Sukkot-A-Palooza infographic is a good starting point, and The Shiksa in the Kitchen posts gorgeous photos of her Sukkah every year, along with delicious recipes to serve in your Sukkah.
(Image: The Shiksa in the Kitchen)