Every religion around the world has its own awesome festivals which they celebrate with fun and enjoyment. Hanukkah is also one of the Jewish festivals that is celebrated with candles and lights.
Hanukkah in simple words means dedication. It is a beautiful Jewish festival that occurs on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and is usually celebrated in November or December.
The festival has its significance and way of celebration which you know when you read the blog details mentioned below.
What is Hanukkah?
Hanukkah or we can say the festival of light is celebrated for eight consecutive nightfalls. On this day Jewish people with their family and friends gather together and light a candle in the menorah- a beautiful multi-branch candelabra.
They celebrated this day as a dedication and holiday and believe that a small light can reduce the darkness or we can say a small effort for something can bring a large transformation in life.
Why it is special for Jewish people?
Hanukkah recalled as the victory of a group of Jewish soldiers in 164 BC over the Syrian Greeks.
On this day, in the second century BC, a small group of Jewish fighters liberated it from occupying foreign forces.
They lit a menorah in the temple of Jerusalem with the tiny supply of oil that they found in the temple. The oil is so little that the menorah can lit for a day only but it proves wrong.
The menorah with a small amount of oil can remain lit for almost eight days. It is just like a miracle.
Therefore, Jewish people with full dedication and prayers lit candles on the menorah on this day.
How do they celebrate this day?
They start with one candle and increase the lightning one by one, each night. They lit the candle with the chanting of some special prayers.
On this special day, the menorah they lit is kept it in a place where it can be visible from outside such as windows, doors, etc. It considered as God’s light that is spreading throughout the nation.
Lightning of menorah on streets, parks, and public landmarks has become a trend in the last few years in various countries in the world.
On the other hand, charity and different social works also conducted by people on this special day.
Which dates Hanukkah 2023 is celebrated?
According to the Georgian calendar, 2023, Hanukkah celebrated around the world from December 7, 2023, to December 15, 2023.
What do people eat in Hanukkah?
Though Hanukkah is a remark of oil so on these days prefer to eat oily foods.
Although there is not any traditional dish which they cook on this day. But they prefer to make latkes ( a kind of fried potato pancakes), sufganiyot ( fried jelly doughnuts), loukoumades (deep-fried puffs dipped in honey or sugar), and various other dishes cheesy and dairy dishes.
Some other interesting food that eaten on Hanukkah 2023 is beef brisket, challah, apple cake, cream of artichoke soup, and others.
What activities are done on Hanukkah 2023?
Along with the lightning candle on the menorah, they do various other religious activities on this day. They read Scripture daily, recite some of Psalm almsgiving, and sing special hymns.
They also play dreidel games and spend time with family and friends by enjoying this special day with tasty meals and having lots of fun.
Hanukkah is a special festival in which people take a holiday from their work and express gratitude to God.