The darkness of the whole world cannot swallow the glowing of a candle.
- Robert Altinger
Hanukkah is celebrated by the Jewish community all around the world. In fact, it’s been part of their holiday celebration since 200 B.C. when a military and political victory allowed them to keep practicing their religions and traditions. Here’s a list of things you need to know about the Jewish celebration that takes place from Dec. 12 to Dec. 20.
Spelling Errors Are Common
The word Hanukkah translates into dedication and is affectionately known as the festival of lights. There’s also 16 different ways to spell the name of the holiday, so don’t stress out when autocorrect tells you you’re doing it wrong.
Hanukkah Is Connected To A Military Victory
The holiday marks the remembrance of when the Maccabees overthrew the Syrian-Greeks, a political group that destroyed the Jewish temple and outlawed Jewish practices. After their victory, they only had enough oil to light the lamps of their temple for one day, but the oil burned for eight days.
Food Is A Major Part Of The Celebration
Latkes, also known as potato pancakes are one delicious way jews celebrate the festival of lights. Latkes are made by molding a mixture of potatoes, eggs, shallots and spices into a thin pancake. Latkes are then fried in oil and sometimes served with a side of sour cream, apple sauce and chives.
There’s Rules When It Comes To The Menorah
During the Jewish celebration, the menorah represents the way divine light has spilled out into the world. The nine-branch menorahs that are traditionally used today are very different from the one used in the original Maccabee temple, but still share the intention of sharing light with the world. The Shamash is the person responsible for lighting the candles.
Hanukkah Is Not The Most Important Jewish Holiday
While the festival of lights is celebrated by the majority of jews, other holidays are considered more important. Yom Kippur, also known is the day of atonement marks the time of year when Jews fast, ask for repentance and spend their time in prayer. Passover is another major Jewish celebration that marks a the celebration of freedom from Egypt.