Hanukkah is an 8 day Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is celebrated starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar and is observed for eight nights and days. The observation of Hanukkah is done with lighting lights of a unique candelabrum called Menorah or Hanukkah. The Menorah is lit each night with the progression to eight on the final night of the holiday.
Throughout the 8 day holiday, Hanukkah traditions include a series of rituals that are performed daily. There are no obligations to refrain from activities that are forbidden on the Sabbath, as Hanukkah is not a “Sabbath like” holiday.
Other Hanukkah traditions include the custom of eating foods that are fried or baked in oil (preferably olive oil). This custom is related to the commemoration of the miracle of a small flask of oil keeping the flame in the temple alight for eight days. Foods that are traditional include potato pancakes (latkes) and jam filled doughnuts (fritters) that are deep fried in oil. Doughnut fillings can include strawberry jelly, chocolate cream, vanilla cream, and caramel.
Another popular ritual during Hanukkah is the spinning of the dreidel. This is a popular game which involves a four sided top with Hebrew letters on each side. The game involves spinning the dreidel and betting on which Hebrew letter will show when the spinning stops.
Over time Hanukkah has become more festive and somewhat Christmas like. Hanukkah gifts are received, which often include one gift for each of the eight nights of the holiday. Family gatherings are also centered around festive meals. Home decorations can include fresh flower arrangements in traditional colors of blue and whites.
Hanukkah Gifts often include Hanukkah gift baskets which can come in a variety of food related baskets. Hanukkah traditions include gift giving for family and friends. A perfect Hanukkah gift to give is a lovely gourmet gift basket that is full of great food items.
Hanukkah gifts can include Hanukkah Gift Baskets