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Where the idea for Thanksgiving came from

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Sukkot, the Jewish Feast of Booths, begins at sundown on Oct. 16, 2016. It is one of three festivals celebrated by ancient Jews with a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem and a feast. The other two are Pesach and Shavuot, the Passover and Feast of Weeks.

All three are connected to the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt and their journey to the Promised Land of Canaan. They are mandated in Exodus 23:14-17 and Leviticus 23:4-43. Shavuot and Sukkot also have meanings rooted in the agricultural life in Canaan.