On Sukkot Jews must refrain from work and only carry out those activities that are absolutely necessary.
During Sukkot, the fruit of the citron tree, palm branches, the branches of myrtle and willows are collected. One palm branch, three myrtle twigs and two willow branches are bound together. The bouquet is held in the right hand and the citron in the left. A blessing is recited before they are waved in six directions: east, south, west, north, up and down. This symbolises God’s sovereignty over all things. This ritual is repeated whenever the Sukkah is entered and also in the synagogue.