The Jews celebrate Sukkot on 13-20 October.
The holiday commemorates the 40-year period during which the Jewish people wandered in the desert on their way from Egypt to the Promised Land, living in temporary shelters.
During the festive service, believers hold a citrus in their hands and wave a bundle of palm, myrtle, and willow branches. The bundle symbolizes the unity of the Jewish people and their mutual responsibility for each other.
The last day of the holiday marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of the Torah readings and the beginning of a new one – this day celebrates the attainment of the Torah. A festive procession makes seven circuits around Torah with the priceless Torah scrolls in hands.
Sukkot is also known as the Festival of Ingathering. The holiday always falls on autumn, when harvest is gathered from fields, gardens, and vineyards and stored in barns and warehouses.
Photos by Leonid Shcheglov