Monday, December 10, 2012

Happy Hanukkah!

I love that this time of the year is the holiday season for many of us. Saturday started the Festival of the Lights or Hanukkah, which will extend until the 16th of December.

For those who don't know much about it, this is a Jewish Holiday that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and it is celebrated for 8 nights and days. After many years of foreign occupation and hardship, the Jews liberated and rededicated the Temple, which required cleasing and the building of a new altar.

The miracle of Hanukkah is that the oil for the Menorah that was supossed to burn for only one day, burned for 8 days, which are the amount of days they needed to make the oil. The menorah you see in all celebrations has a branch for each one of the 8 days and one that is higher.

Another great thing besides an 8 day celebration is the food prepared for this event. It includes latkes or potato panckaces and jam filled doughnuts. There is also the tradition of eating some dairy foods to commemorate women's role in the celebration. 

For those of you who are celebrating, I hope you are enjoying the holidays and that the rest of it is full of nice surprises.

Have a great week!