Six months had passed since Jesus decided to avoid the Passover for fear of the Jews. It was time for the Feast of Tabernacles and His brothers, who still did not believe in Him, sarcastically suggested that He should go to Jerusalem and do His works there. They went to the feast, but He stayed behind at Capernaum.
The Feast of Tabernacles was one of three major feasts that the Jews were required to attend each year in Jerusalem. This feast celebrated the end of grape harvest and was a festive occasion. Those attending stayed in booths made of tree limbs to remind them of the booths that the Israelites had stayed in during the wilderness wanderings.