Visitors from around the world add to the festive air of Jerusalem with smiling faces and the music of many languages during Israel’s annual Sukkot Holidays. This year’s Jerusalem March took place on Oct. 17, 2019, to the glad cacophony of street sounds and music, and with rich displays of color seen in national costumes, flags and brightly decorated booths in front of city restaurants.
More than 5,000 Christians from 100 nations joined Israeli marchers in Jerusalem for the 64th annual Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) festive parade. In the words of one local Christian spokesperson, “The whole world is learning that the Gentiles can come to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles with the people of Israel. It’s an ancient tradition that we’ve revived over the past 40 years. These visitors represent a lot of admiration for Israel.”
Along with delegations from Israel and around the world, the march saw collector cars, marching bands, flag-bearers, dance groups, IDF soldiers, street artists, inflatable characters, performers and sports teams, according to the Jewish News Syndicate.
The gathering of nations to celebrate the annual Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) in Jerusalem is an unfolding of God’s ancient prophetic word still to come in its fullness: “Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles” (Zech. 14:16, NIV).