The Jewish feast of tabernacles or tents, which began on the
15th Tisri (September), and lasted eight days. It was kept in
remembrance of the sojourn in the wilderness, and was a time of grand
who kept it held in their hands sprigs of myrtle, palm-branches, and
willowtwigs. The Pentateuch was read on the last eight days.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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