Field Reseach on Cultural Uses for Tents/Shelters

After the feedback from yesterday started to look at tents/shelters that have been used in events or festival of some sort, more portable structures so that I could refine my ideas for cultural awnings within the city. While I was searching I found this interesting Jewish festival, Sukkot also known as the Feast of Tabernacles.

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Taking paces five days after Yom Kippur, on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (September/October). For the seven-day duration, Jewish people erect ‘booths’ or temporary shelters to live in, as a way to remember how the ancient Israelites lived throughout their 40 years in the desert with Moses. For this period the Jewish people will live in shelters that are exposed to the elements.

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Even though this is a Jewish festival many non-Jewish people such as Christians, B’nai Noach or Messianic groups will observe Sukkot. Evangelical Christians frequently join in the Jewish festivities.

I really like the history and meaning behind this festival and the reason why they live in tents for this short period of time. The cultural influences on furniture’s Is what I am looking into and I think that this is a very significant example of that.

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