The Tradition of Hanukkah
By: Bryan L. and Tony Z., staff writers
Have you heard about Hanukkah? Hanukkah is a special holiday celebrated on December 16-25 for 2014. It is a Jewish holiday where they give gifts and the most important thing is that they light a candle every day until the menorah is complete. Hanukkah all started back in 200 BCE when King Antiochus the third defeated King Ptolemy the fifth Epiphanes. King Antiochus made a Jewish law that all the Jews had to follow ancestral customs and continue to go to the Temple of Jerusalem everyday.
Hanukkah is celebrated with a series of rituals that are performed every day for the entire 8-day holiday. Each night, a candle or oil based light is lit. Hanukkah candles should usually burn for a half hour after it gets dark. There are a large number of songs for Hanukkah too.
A hanukkah tradition that children do is something that you’ve heard of before. It is called a dreidel. A dreidel is a four sided spinning top that has a hebrew letter on each side of it In the game there is nun, gimel, hey, and shin. Nun means that you get nothing, gimel takes the entire pot, hey half the pot, and shin make you put one marker back in the pot.This is the most original version of the game.
What do they eat during Hanukkah? They eat foods that are baked and use olive oil. They eat potato latke which is like a pancake with potatoes used as main ingredient. They also eat sufganiyot which is a jelly-filled doughnut made by the Jews. They also eat chocolate gelts which are chocolate coins covered in golden foil paper.
Hanukkah allows the families gives gifts to the people who are there. They also play music every single day.
In North America and Israel, it is common to exchange presents or give children presents at this time. Also, many families encourage their children to give charity in lieu of presents for themselves.
Hanukkah is a special Jewish holiday that lasts for 8 days that is a lot of fun with food and games.