By: Payton

The History of Hanukkah

-Some sources explain of a torchlight parade in the temple, which may have began the candle lighting tradition

-A long time ago, a king told the Jews they couldn't pray to God

-Judah and his followers lit an oil lamp to help celebrate the holiday

-The Jews lit an oil lamp after they cleaned and fixed their temple

-There was only enough oil for one night

-A miracle happened where the oil burnt for eight nights instead of only one

-A long time ago, the King told the Jews they couldn't pray to God

-For three years, the Jews battled the Syrians and won

-The two books that tell the story of Hanukkah are called the Macabees in the Apocrypha

-The food cooked in oil is to remember the oil that burned for eight days in the temple

What People do during Hanukkah

-Celebrate the Jewish Feast of Lights or the Feast of Dedication

-On the first night, Jews light a nine branched candelabrum called a menorah

-Starting on the second night of Hanukkah, another candle is lit, until all eight are lit

-A special type of candle that is used to light the eight candles is called a shamash, the tall center candle

-People sometimes sing songs and say prayers when they light the candles, and let the candles burn for thirty minutes

-Jews eat special foods that are cooked in oil

-Jewish kids receive small presents during every day of Hanukkah

-People often like to play chess and card games during Hanukkah

-Hanukkah is a special time for Jewish people to get together, pray and have fun!!

-Kids like to play a game called "Spin the Dreidel" with the dreidel

The Foods and Symbols of Hanukkah

-Jews eat special foods cooked in oil

-One of the special foods are latkes, which are potato-filled pancakes

-Cheese and Cheesecake are two of the common foods that most people eat

-Others eat special jelly-filled donuts

-Fried balls of dough with honey is another food

-Some people like to eat the latkes with applesauce or sour cream

-No special ritual meal on Hanukkah