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What is Hanukkah?

Updated: Dec 10, 2020


This celebration is also referred to as the Festival of Lights. Jewish people typically celebrate Hanukkah with:

The lighting of the menorah.

It would not be the Festival of Lights without the nine-branched menorah, also called a hanukkiah. It’s a tradition to say a prayer and light one candle on each of the 8 nights of Hanukkah. The display of the menorah represents the triumph and strength of Jewish people’s faith.

Playing a game with dreidel.

Children use a dreidel, a special kind of spinning top with Hebrew letters printed on each side.

Giving presents.

The custom of giving presents is most likely a custom started due to Hanukkah’s proximity to Christmas.

Eating foods fried in oil.

Frying foods in olive oil is traditional. This is related to the Hanukkah miracle of the oil, which tells the story of a menorah that was lit for 8 straight days with minimal olive oil.

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