Getting ready for Sukkot in India

Getting ready for Sukkot in India

The Jewish holiday of Sukkot begins this week and that means it’s time to head outdoors and start building – sukkot, that is.

All around the world, Shavei Israel communities have begun constructing the temporary dwellings that recall how the Israelites camped in the desert following the Exodus from Egypt. Traditionally, Jews eat, sleep and generally enjoy life in the great outdoors for the 7 days of Sukkot.

We got in early this year and have a collection of photos from the construction process. Next week, we’ll look at the finished sukkot.

To start our international holiday tour, let’s visit the Bnei Menashe in India. Here are some pictures from Manipur sent by our correspondent Meital Singson.

For the Bnei Menashe, Sukkot is also a competitive holiday. A team of inspectors visits the Bnei Menashe villages in the Churachandpur area (including the townsof Mualkoi, New Bazar, Phailen, Sijang, Zohar, Monglenphai, Matiyang and B.Vengnuom), viewing the tens of creative sukkot that will be built especially for the festival.

The purpose of the program is twofold. First, as a competition, the inspectors judge the most beautiful dwellings (and award prizes). Second, the inspectors help educate the Bnei Menashe community on how to build a sukka that is both lovely and kosher.

We have some photos from the Bnei Menashe community in Mizoram as well.