More than 60,000 people from 80 countries participated in the annual Festival of Tabernacles parade in the Israeli capital, expressing love and support for the Jewish state and a united Jerusalem.
Tens of thousands of Israel supporters from around the world joined the 38th annual march through the streets of Jerusalem, organized by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), held on Sukkot, the festival of Tabernacles.
“The Feast of Tabernacles is always a wonderful foretaste of that future time when all peoples will come up to Jerusalem to celebrate Sukkot,” ICEJ says on its website.
This year’s celebration was unique, however, as Israel celebrates the 50th year of the reunification of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War. For this reason, the march was “more exciting than ever,” said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.
“Of all the sacred seasons that God commanded Israel to observe, the festival of Tabernacles has the strongest implications for the nations of the world… Sukkot was mandated by the Creator Himself to be a holiday for all the world,” the Temple Institute explains.
Thousands of locals watched the parade, cheering as the enthusiastic visitors expressed solidarity with the Jewish state, shouting “Am Yisrael Chai,” proclaiming the eternity of the Jewish nation.