When tradition is silent, symbolic explanations arise.
How did this Sukkot tradition develop?
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
Hoshanah Rabbah, the seventh day of Sukkot, marks the thematic end of the High Holiday period.
The last day of Sukkot has its own rituals
Called hol hamoed, the intermediate days are observed differently than the beginning and final ones.