The fall season usually comes with all things pumpkin patch, hay ride, and harvest parties. For some families, fall means observing three particular celebrations – also known as the biblical fall feasts. Keep reading to learn about 3 celebrations to consider this fall!
If you’ve read any portion of Leviticus, then you may remember reading about something called appointed times. These are known as specific times that the Hebrew people were commanded to observe for a particular reason.
Each one mentioned had a meaning then and foreshadowed things to come. Anyone who celebrates these in the present day usually understands that although we cannot do it perfectly, we do it because:
- It was commanded to be observed throughout our generations.
- It is practice for what is to come.
- It glorifies the Father.
Before you get confused on what this means for the believer in Messiah today, let me address a common misconception. When it comes to observing the biblical feasts (fall or spring), it should be noted that they aren’t “Jewish feasts.” Instead, the proper context is to consider them the Lord’s feast given to His people, both those apart of natural Israel, and those grafted in.
With that in mind, let’s look at each of the fall feasts as well as practical ways to observe them with your family this fall – and beyond!
Scripture says in Leviticus 23:24-25 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh new moon, on the first day of the new moon, you have a rest, a remembrance of Teruah, a set-apart gathering. You do no servile work, and you shall bring an offering made by fire to YHVH.” I won’t get into why we don’t do sacrifices today, but I will say that we still observe this day by not working and gathering with others (if able).
Teruah literally means soundings, by instrument or human voice so you can imagine how fun (and loud) this Holy Day can be.
Below are some great resources to help teach about and observe this feast day:
- Use coloring and activity pages by Bible Pathway Adventures (our favorite)
- Help your kiddos make their own shofars with this easy DIY craft
- Here is a Yom Teruah BINGO game by The Kefar
- MTOI has some great resources called Parsha Pearls that are perfect for this feast
Scripture says in Leviticus 23:27 “On the tenth day of this seventh new moon is Yom HaKippurim. It shall be a set-apart gathering for you. And you shall afflict your beings, and shall bring an offering made by fire to YHVH.” This passage also goes on to describe how to set this day apart: no work. There are also various ways people have attempted to describe “afflict your beings” but we choose to use this day to fast from food and reflect on teshuva (repentance).
Yom HaKippurim means Day of Atonement or Day of the Coverings so spending this day in total reflection and observation of how one can follow YHVH’s instructions is a day well spent.
Below are some practical resources to help teach about and observe this feast day:
- Use these free Atonement activity pages by Bible Pathway Adventures (did we already say they’re our fave)
- This is a neat song that my kiddos love that relates the story of Jonah to Yom Kippur
- Enjoy this lapbook by Anna Matrix
Festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
In Leviticus 23:34-44 we read about the Festival of Sukkot being observed on the fifteenth day of the seventh new moon and celebrated for seven days. This passage also sheds more light on the how-to: first day is a set-apart gathering with no work, last day is a set-apart gathering with no work, and dwell in booths (tents) for the seven days.
Some people have the amazing privilege to be off work the entire week and camp out with like-minded believers. Our first year of observing this we camped out at a lake and had an amazing time with our little family (just 5 of us at the time).
Below are some resources to help teach about and observe this feast day:
- Don’t forget your activity pages by Bible Pathway Adventures
- Bim Bam has a pretty cool video
- From the edible Sukkah to the real deal and decorations, there are lots of activities for kids here
Don’t Forget the Food
One thing that is well-known with Feast Day celebrations is the FEAST! Cooking big meals is common and expected. The few times we have had the privilege of observing feast days with others, none of them lacked in food.
Check out this YouTube playlist of clean eating recipes for feast days and beyond!
Now that you’ve gotten a run down of three celebrations to consider this fall, we’d like to hear from you! What are some celebrations you and your family do during the fall season? Share in the comments below!
Author, Speaker, and Curriculum Resource Creator Michelle Huddleston is first and foremost a child of the Most High, wife to an incredibly patient husband, and homeschooling mama to four blessings (and another on the way). She is passionate about educating, encouraging, and empowering other homeschooling families to homeschool their way. Michelle would love to connect with you on her Blog, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube!