Celebrate Chanukah With These Fun Traditions Children’s Newspaper

Hanukkah celebrates the victory of light over darkness (Credit: YB13D, / CC BY-SA 4.0 / Ccreativecommons.org)

Hanukkah is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays. The eight-day winter festival begins on the 25th day of Kislev, the ninth month of the Jewish calendar. This year, the celebrations will run from November 28, 2021 to December 6, 2021. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah celebrates the victory well finished wrong and is a happy opportunity with many fun traditions.

The lighting of the Hanukkah, or menorah

The Guinness World Record for the largest display of menorahs (100 was set, in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, December 8, 2013 (Guinnessworldrecords.com)

The most important of all Chanukah traditions is to light the Chanukah – a special nine-branched candelabra or menorah. Eight candles are lit one by one to mark each day of the festival. A ninth candle, known as a shamash (help), is used to light others.

The old custom is credited has a miracle story described in the Talmud, a book of Jewish religious teachings. It dates back over 2,000 years when Antiochus IV Epiphanes captured Judea, or the Land of Israel. The Greek king, who reigned from 175 BC to 164 BC, banned Judaism and forced the Jewish people to worship Greek deities instead of. He also has violated the Second Temple in Jerusalem by installing a altar to Zeus and sacrificing pigs – considered non-kosher or unfit for consumption in Jewish culture – inside the sacred structure.

A success uprising led by a Jewish priest named Mattathias and his five sons helped reclaim the temple. When the devotees entered, they found a small amount of oil – enough to light the menorah for a single day. However, the candles burned for eight consecutive days, giving them enough time to prepare a new batch of kosher oil. Shortly thereafter, a festival was declared to commemorate miracle oil, and Hanukkah, or Hanukkah – “devotion“in Hebrew – was born.

Delicious fried food

Sufganiyot (s, or jelly-filled donuts, are very popular during Chanukah. (Credit: Noam Furer / CC0 / Wikimedia Commons

As with most festivals, food plays a pivot role in the celebration. To honor the miracle oil that led to the start of the holiday, many traditional Hanukkas delicacies are fried. Favorites include latkes, or potato pancakes, and jelly-filled donuts called sufganiyot.. Beef brisket, matzo ball soup and, Brioche – a braided egg bun – are also popular during Chanukah.

Play dreidel

Dreidel may have its origin in ancient times (Photo credit: Adiel lo? CC-BY-SA-3.0 / Wikimedia Commons)

After dinner, it’s time to play! The most popular involves a dreidel – a spinning top with Hebrew letters serious on each of its four sides. Together they form the acronym for “Nes Gadol Haya Sham” – Hebrew for “a great miracle has happened here.”

The game is pretty straightforward. All players receive an equal number of game pieces, such as dried fruit or chocolate pieces, called gelt. Participants Give a game coin in a shared pot, then take turns spinning the dreidel. Depending on which side it lands on, they can lose a game piece in the split pot or hit the jackpot and take the whole hideout.

The origins of the animated game are unclear. Some believe it dates back to the reign of King Antiochus IV. Prohibited to practice Judaism in public, Jews often read the Torah secretly. Seeing the Greek troops, they hid the sacred texts and pretend to play with it dreidel. Others, however, believe that the game has origins.

Give as a gift

Coins or get covered in chocolate were originally the gifts of choice during Chanukah (Credit: Evan-Amos / CC0 / Wikimedia Commons)

Initially, gelts – whether real coins or chocolate coated coins – were the gift of choice during Chanukah. However, thanks to the festival proximity at Christmas, tradition has evolved see you substantial gifts. Jewish children are particularly fond of ritual given that they get a gift, or two, for eight consecutive days!

Hanukkah Sameach!

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