Monday, December 01, 2014

Festival of Lights

Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday known as the Festival of Lights. This year Hanukkah will be observed beginning on December 16 for eight nights.

Jewish families will light their menorahs with the Shamash (the candle that sits above the others and is used to light the other candles each night), and one additional candle on December 16 then an additional candle will be added each evening until all eight candles and the Shanmash are burring on the eighth night.
Other traditions of Hanukkah are eating food fried in oil to celebrate the miracle of the oil found by the Maccabees. The amount of oil that was found should have only burned for one day, but it continued to burn for eight days. This miracle created the Festival of Lights. foods eaten during the Festival are Latkes (pancakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts). A game is played with a four-sided top called a dreidel to win small prizes.

Gifts are often given each night.

We wish all our Jewish friends a happy Hanukkah!

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