Happy Hanukkah!

When is Hanukkah celebrated?

Hanukkah lasts for 8 days and the date lands according to the Hebrew calendar, not the Gregorian calendar and therefore the date varies each year. This year Hanukkah begins December 2nd and ends December 10th.

Who celebrates Hanukkah?

Holiday is observed by those observing Judaism.

Why do people celebrate Hanukkah?

Hanukkah commemorates Jewish people overcoming religious persecution during the Maccabean revolt, and in turn, stands for the reclaiming of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and recognizes rededicating to God. When taking back the temple, there was only enough oil to keep the menorah (a 7-arm candelabra) lit for one day, but miraculously it kept burning for eight nights, allowing the time for people to gather more oil. 

What are some Hanukkah Traditions?

Its a tradition to eat foods fried in Oil! The most popular being potato pancakes (known as latkahs) and jelly-filled donuts (known as sufganiyot).

A common game played is with the ‘dreidel’, a four sided top that has a Hebrew letter on each side that stands for a phrase meaning “a great miracle happened there.” 

How do you light the Hanukkah Candles?

On the first night, only two candles are lit. The ‘Shammash’ or the ‘helper’ candle is used to light the others. Each night, another candle is added so that on the last night Hanukkah, there are nine candles (eight candles plus the Shammash) lit.

How do you wish someone celebrating a happy holiday?

’Happy Hanukkah!’ or ‘Chag Sameach!’ (Which means ‘happy holiday’ in Hebrew).