5 Cool Things About Chanukah

candles-897776_1920Chanukah is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated once a year during falling anywhere between the end of November to the beginning of January.  Here are some interesting facts about the holiday.

 

  1. The holiday of Chanukah is celebrated over 8 days. This is because of the event that took place in 2nd century BC. When the Maccabees reclaimed the Holy Temple, there was enough purified oil to keep the temple lit for only one day. By some miracle, the light burned for eight days, which is why we celebrate for that long.
  2. There are actually multiple ways to correctly spell Chanukah. Some other spelling include, Hanukah, Hanukkah, Channukah, and Hannukkah. Whichever spelling you choose to use is just a personal preference.
  3. The game a dreidel is popular among children during Chanukah. The dreidel is a top that has values on each side. The players get use chocolate coins, or gelt, to use during play. The winner is whoever gets all the coins at the end.
  4. There are a few traditional food served at Chanukah. Latkes, or potato pancakes, are a dish that many families serve during their Chanukah meals. Also served are Sufganiyot, which a sweet jelly-filled doughnuts. These foods are usually made with frying oil in remembrance of the sacred oil.
  5. To represent the eight days, families light a menorah. The menorah has spots for 9 candles, 8 spots for the eight nights and 1 sport for the lighting candle. The menorah is lit from right to left, just a the Hebrew language is red.

 

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