To make things less complicated There was a temple a long time ago and it was the mos holy Jewish temple in the holy lands (not my words). Some conquers came and wouldn't let them worship the way the wanted to and destroyed the temple. There was only enough oil to last 1 day hopefully. But some miracle happened and it lasted 8 days. Thats why we have this holiday and how long it last.
Games and prizes
Well on Hanukkah you play a wonderful game called dreidel. you just spin your top and hope not to get shin o nun. the rules are Gimmel all for me, hey take half, shin put one in, nun you get none. Many people can play at once no limit. You win a thing called gelt witch is chocolate money. So basically you gamble for chocolate
How we do things
on the first night you light a single candle along with the extra candle you light the candles right to left which is like the language . But before that you have a meal with kosher thing (not my family). The thing everyone eats though is lakkas or potato pancake. After that you say a few prayers and light the candles and then give presents. then play some dreidel and gamble chocolate.
OTHER FUN INFOTAINMENT
Hanukkah is never on the same night in the us calender because it starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev. upcoming days of Chanukkah.
Jewish Year 5775: sunset December 16, 2014 - nightfall December 24, 2014
Jewish Year 5776: sunset December 6, 2015 - nightfall December 14, 2015
- Jewish Year 5777: sunset December 24, 2016 - nightfall January 1, 2017
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