Hanukkah (also known as the Festival of Lights) is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated for 8 nights and days with the lighting of the menorah, eating traditional foods and games and also receiving gifts from family.
This holiday occurs in November or December and according to the Hebrew calendar, it starts on the 25th day of Kislev. Many people celebrate this holiday to also remember the defeat of the Syrians and reviving of the Temple of Jerusalem.
Benefits that occur on Hanukkah is experiencing the lighting of the menorah for 8 days, eating many of the traditional food and partying on the last day with family and friends.
Let’s now take a look at some more benefits and also things to do while celebrating and enjoying this holiday below:
1. Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days and on each day, a candle is lit on the menorah
2. Lighting the candles symbolizes the miracle that took place many years ago
3. You can eat some of the traditional food such as potato latkes (potato pancakes), sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and Hanukkah gelt (chocolate coins). Eating these foods symbolizes the miracle of the oil in the Temple
4. After every candle has been lit, by Jewish law you have to take an hour off of work to spend family time by learning or teaching children the history of this holiday
5. You can receive gifts on this day
6. You can play traditional games such as Yiddish and Dreidel
7. Prayers and reciting the blessings take place during the lighting of the candle
8. You can decorate your home for Hanukkah
9. You can sing and also learn Hanukkah songs
10. The menorah consists of nine candles which represent each night of Hanukkah. Each night you light one candle and on the last night once the last candle is lit, the celebration officially begins
11. On this day, you can throw a big party to celebrate this holiday with family and friends
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