The Feast of Tabernacles
According to Josephus, the Feast of Tabernacles was the most popular of the Jewish feasts for several reasons.
1. The harvest of olives and grapes was brought in for the feast.
2. It lasted seven days.
This feast was required along with two other feasts: Passover and Pentecost. Every male within fifteen miles of Jerusalem was required to attend the festival. This feast looked back to Israel’s journey through the wilderness and looked forward to the promised kingdom of the Messiah. The Jews lived in booths in this festival. Each day the priests would carry the water from the pool of Siloam and pour the water from a golden vessel. It was a reminder of the water that came from the rock in the wilderness. Menorahs or candlesticks illumined the Temple area, which would illumine the entire city. They were a reminder of the pillar of fire that led Israel through the wilderness