Do You Know These 8 Interesting Hanukkah Facts?
Hanukkah is fast approaching. Are you ready for eight days and nights of celebration? Being a Catholic, I never knew all that much about the Jewish holiday. However as I grew older, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more.
An article from Town & Country depicts the history of the holiday and why certain traditions are followed. Below you'll find eight interesting facts about Hanukkah you probably didn't know.
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The Word Hanukkah Means "Dedication"
As history.com describes: "The Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah commemorates the rededication during second-century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt."
Hanukkah Lasts for Eight Nights
Eight was the number of nights that the holy light - with only enough oil for one night - reputedly burned. Thus an eight-day festival was declared.
Gifts Were Not Always a Part of Hanukkah
In the past, it was common to give money during Hanukkah. But as Christmas grew in popularity, more gift-giving was done instead.
Each Night During Hanukkah a Menorah Is Lit
A menorah is a candelabra with nine candles in total, four on each side with one in the center used to light the other candles. This candle is known as the shamash and usually sits higher than the rest.
The First President To Celebrate Hanukkah At The White House Was Harry Truman
In 1951, a menorah was given to President Harry Truman as a gift by the Prime Minister of Israel.
Hanukkah Is Not The Most Significant Jewish Holiday
Other Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah and Passover are considered to be more significant.
There's More Than One Way To Spell Hanukkah
Whether you spell it Hanukkah, Hannuka, or Chanukkah, they're actually all correct. There is no precise way to translate the Hebrew sounds into English, so all spellings are used.
The Popular Hanukkah Treat Known as Gelt
Traditional Hanukkah Foods Are Typically Fried
This is to commemorate the legendary oil that burned for eight nights straight. Sufganiyot, or jelly donuts, are one of the more popular holiday foods, with over 17 million donuts consumed in Israel throughout Hanukkah.
Growing up I had a couple of Jewish buddies. They'd always rib me about getting only one day of presents, instead of eight. At the time I didn't give it much thought. I was focused on one thing only...Santa Claus and Christmas. Now I see the Hanukkah picture more clearly. Hopefully, you do too.
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