Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Feast of the Seventh Month - Tabernacles - Succoth

A Huguenot from Provence
Arlésienne aux yeux bruns, vers. 1770. Tableau d'Antoine Raspal. (Musée Grobet -- Labadie, Marseille).

Because this is an intercalary year ("originally our calendar came from a semi-lunar calendar, this is why the word month is so similar to the word moon. The twelve months followed the actual lunar movement by adopting months of 29 and 30 days alternately. This result gave a year of 354 days, which followed the moons, but was far short of the 365-day year. For this reason, an intercalary month of varying length was added every two to three years. This completed the solar year, and kept the seasons in order."), the feast of the seventh month, or Tabernacles, or Succoth, is being kept this week and next. Huguenots kept this feast of eight days always beginning on the first Friday of September.

This is a time of feasting and looking forward to ultimate peace with family and friends . . . And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household. Deuteronomy 14:26 KJV

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