8 Hanukkah Facts That Might Surprise You
The Jewish Holiday Is Also Called the Festival of Lights
Hanukkah or Chanukah is a Jewish celebration that commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C. According to legend, the Jews of the time rose against their Greek and Syrian oppressors in what is known as the Maccabean Revolt. They took back the city of Jerusalem, cleansed the Temple, and rededicated the Temple back to Yahweh or God.
Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, is an eight-day holiday that celebrates that triumph.
The date of Hanukkah, which is the 25th of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, varies every year based on the Gregorian calendar. It usually falls around sometime late November or early December. This year, the holiday began on November 28th and continued until December 6th.
During the eight-day celebration, people celebrate the festival by lighting a menorah, eating special Hanukkah holiday food like latkes, and playing traditional games like the dreidel.
To help you know more about this popular Jewish holiday, Breast Cancer Car Donations presents these eight surprising facts about Hanukkah:
1. When the Jews took back the temple in Jerusalem, the olive oil in the menorah candles was supposed to last for only a day. However, the flame continued flickering for eight straight nights. That’s precisely the reason why Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days — to commemorate the eight days the menorah candles stayed lit.
2. A menorah is lit for each night of the holiday.
3. Hanukkah dishes are fried to symbolize the miracle oil that burned for eight nights.
4. The first U.S. president who officially recognized Hanukkah was Jimmy Carter when in 1979 he walked from the White House to Lafayette Park to deliver brief remarks as he lit the new National Menorah erected by a Jewish group.
5. Over 18 million jelly donuts called sufganiyot are consumed in Israel throughout Hanukkah.
6. While it’s a popular holiday, Hanukkah isn’t considered a major or sacred Jewish holiday.
7. More than a century ago, people didn’t traditionally give gifts during Hanukkah. The gift-giving tradition only started in the 1920s.
8. The candles placed in the menorah have to be lit a certain way. While they’re placed from right to left, they’re lit from left to right.
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Although this year’s Hanukkah is over, the holiday should continue to inspire us to bring warmth and light into the lives of people who badly need help. Think of the miracles celebrated during the Jewish festivity and help bring similar miracles into the lives of the needy women in your community who are in an uphill battle against breast cancer.
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