Chanukah is the sacred Jewish holiday that is celebrated for eight days, starting on the 25th of Kislev - Â the third month of the Hebrew Calendar.Â Chanukah, or Hanukkah, which means dedication, falls annually around late November to late December. Â The holiday celebrates the reclaiming of the holy Temple from the Syrian Greeks in 168 B.C.E.
During Chanukah, which also called the Festival of Lights, one candle is lit on each of the eight days on the menorah.Â This tradition celebrates the miracle of light that happened after the holy Temple was reclaimed.Â The victorious group, known as the Maccabees, found a bottle of oil in the Temple which was used to light the menorah.Â This bottle of oil, that should have only lasted one day, in fact lasted for eight days, thus the miracle that is called Chanukah was born.
Children receive gifts, such as the dreidel; a four-sided top that children use to play traditional Chanukah games, as well as money and chocolate.Â Families enjoy Chanukah songs, stories and traditional foods fried in oil in honor of the menorah miracle. Fried potato pancakes (latkes), jam-filled donuts (sufganiyot), sugar cookies, beef brisket and salmon ar...