Jewish biblical holidays did not originate from traditions of man or as a way to commemorate the significant events of one nation. Rather, they are holy days given by God which He commanded His nation to observe (Deuteronomy 16:16, Leviticus 23:1-4).
The majority of Jewish holidays are described in Torah including: Shabbat, Pesach (Passover), Shavuot (Pentecost,) Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Sukkot (Feast of Booths). Others, recorded and observed in the Holy Scriptures, honor key events in the history of the Jewish nation, including: Simhat Torah, Chanukkah, Purim and Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year).
These celebrations express the very nature of the Creator, as each highlights different aspects of God’s relationship with His people. Through them, God reveals not only His will, but Himself.
When the Jewish people observe biblical feasts, in addition to maintaining tradition, keeping the commandments and recalling historical events, on deeper and more personal level, they are also re-experiencing what God has done for them.
The Jewish biblical holidays given to us by God depicted in the Holy Scriptures, represent events of the past using symbols and imagery through which we can see future events of world history in the sequence established by God.