After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Judaea, because the Jews sought to kill him.
Now the Jews’ feast of tabernacles was at hand.
Feast of Tabernacle (also known as Feast of Booths or Sukkot) was an eight day festival. It was the last feast of the seven annual feasts (Leviticus 23) and the last of the three annual pilgrimage feasts, when all Jewish men were required to journey to Jerusalem to present themselves before the Lord.
Three times in a year shall all your males appear before the Lord your God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread (Passover), and in the feast of weeks (Pentecost), and in the feast of tabernacles… (Deuteronomy 16:16)
…All that are Israelites shall dwell in booths seven days. That your generations may know that the Lord made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when He brought them out of the land of Egypt. (Leviticus 23:42-43 paraphrased)
The Feast of Tabernacles was also a time of rejoicing. The feast occurred in the fall, late September or early October. The harvest season was over, and the people rejoiced because of God’s provision.
His brethren: Depart from here, and go into Judaea, that your disciples also may see the works that you do. For there is no man that does any thing in secret, and he himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.
For neither did his brethren believe in him.
Matthew 13:55 tells us that Jesus had brothers. “Is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us?”
Jesus: My time is not yet come: but your time is always ready. The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. Go up to this feast: I will not go up to this feast yet; for my time is not yet full come.
When he had said these words to them, he still abode in Galilee. But when his brethren were gone up, then Jesus also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.
The Jews sought Jesus at the feast.
The Jews: Where is he?
And there was much murmuring among the people concerning Jesus.
Some: Jesus is a good man
Others: Nay, Jesus deceives the people.
But no man spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.