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Today I’m going to be talking about Hanukkah! I got a lot of inspiration from Harper’s Blog, where she talked about Chakras.
This made me really excited to talk about Hanukkah!
If you didn’t know, Hanukkah is a Jewish tradition, meaning that this Holiday is from the Jewish tradition. First things first, let’s talk about how Hannukah came to be.
The story of Hanukkah:
The story is quite long and complicated, so I’m just going to share the parts that make sense as to why the traditions are the way they are now.
A group of people needed light, The only thing they found around them was a small jar of oil. The jar contained only enough only for a single day. But they soon realized this wasn’t true, The tiny little jar of oil lasted 8 whole days!! It was a miracle! That is why now, we celebrate Hanukkah for 8 days, to celebrate the 8 days that the jar of oil lasted.
Each day of Hanukkah:
(This is what a Menorah would look like on the last day of Hanukkah!)
There are 8 days of Hanukkah, as you know! But many people who celebrate get a gift each day! We are currently on the 4th day of Hanukkah!
(But you might not read this until later!)
There are many iconic foods and customs people have during Hanukkah! One of the most important things during this holiday is the food! Some foods many people eat during Hanukkah are…
–Fried latkes, A fried latke, or potato pancake! They are made with potatoes and then fried.
–Hanukkah Gelt, These are basically chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil. You earn these by playing the dreidel, which I will talk about in just a minute!
–Brisket is not only found during Hanukkah, but is also used during Rosh Hashanah, Passover, and Shabbat, these are all other Jewish holidays that are celebrated throughout the year. Brisket can take as long as 9 HOURS to cook!!
–Sufganiyah, or Sufganiyot for plural, Is a deep-fried circular doughnut type thing. Inside they are filled with strawberry jam, and on top you will find powdered sugar!
(A dreidel and Gelt)
The dreidel is a game that is commonly played during Hanukkah! All you need to play the game is a Dreidel, some friends, and (Optional) Gelt! Or chocolate coins!
The Hanukkah Prayer:
For each night Hanukkah is celebrated you will light the middle candle, add a new candle, and all of the candles you have done before will also be put on. As you are lighting the candles you say a prayer! I am not fluent in Hebrew, (the Jewish language) Which is the language that the prayer is said in, So usually my grandma says it, because she knows how. Here is the Hanukkah prayer:
(The prayer In Hebrew)
Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, asher kid’shanu b-mitzvotav, v-tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Hanukkah.
(The prayer in English)
Blessed are you, Our God, Ruler of the Universe, who makes us holy through Your commandments, and commands us to light the Hanukkah lights.
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