Numerous spectators, both men and women, stood along the sides of the courtyard to watch these festivities. This rejoicing continued all night until dawn when, with great ceremony, a delegation was dispatched to a nearby spring to draw water for that day's water libations which would be poured onto the Altar. The Mishnah (Succah 5:4) describes this point of the proceedings as follows:
וְעָמְדוּ שְׁנֵי כֹהֲנִים בַּשַּׁעַר הָעֶלְיוֹן שֶׁיּוֹרֵד מֵעֶזְרַת יִשְׂרָאֵל לְעֶזְרַת נָשִׁים, וּשְׁתֵּי חֲצוֹצְרוֹת בִּידֵיהֶן. קָרָא הַגֶּבֶר, תָּקְעוּ וְהֵרִיעוּ וְתָקָעוּ
Two Kohanim stood at the Upper Gate that descends from the Israelites’ Courtyard to the Women’s Courtyard (i.e., the Nikanor Gate), with two trumpets in their hands. When the rooster crowed at dawn, they sounded a tekiah, a teruah, and a tekiah.
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