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!
Thanks for the background information, I wasn't really familiar with it. Lovely images though I'm still trying to figure out what exactly is in those jars in the first image... Have a great week xoReplyDelete
Those are dreidels...little toys that you spin and you play with pennies. On each side is a symbol that tells you how much you get or have to put back etc..it's a Hanukkah game!Delete
Oh yes, I have jewish friends who´re celebrating this, I love when they tell me about it - very interesting! :-)ReplyDelete
Beautiful...I love the holiday and learning more about it!! Gorgeous images...I hope it's a wonderful time for all who celebrate :) xxReplyDelete
Wonderful celebration for all! I know this holiday well, only because I grew up with close family friends from Israel. Great post.ReplyDelete
Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating! I love the glittery dreidels.ReplyDelete
Beautiful post! I love playing Hanukkah games with my friends.ReplyDelete
Awww great post. I have always wanted to be Jewish..I know that may sound weird but it's true. haha! Happy Hanukkah!! xoReplyDelete
Happy Hanukkah!! Your images are lovely .. the blues and silver, and that cupcake.. Yum! We celebrate Hannukkah traditions with our friends. Beautiful traditions .. family centered :)ReplyDelete
Happy Hanukkah! Such pretty colors. It's great to be able to learn more about different holidays and traditions.ReplyDelete
Rowena @ rolala loves
this is such a beautiful holiday. Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate it.ReplyDelete
Happy Hanukkah! Love this time of the year. Hope you are enjoying life and having a great time Elie!ReplyDelete
xo Mary Jo
happy chanukah! i am celebrating here in london :) it really is a great holiday as we get to eat lots of doughnuts and exchange gifts. it has a beautiful message xxxReplyDelete
ps to mademoiselle poirot, the things in the jars in the first image are dreidels. dreidels are spinning tops that jewish children used to play with during times when the greeks were in power and are a part of the chanuka holiday. when greek soldiers would come by, the jewish children learning torah would play with their spinning tops to hide this, as it was punishable. jews nowadays play with dreidels to remind us of the chanuka miracle. hope that helps!! xxxxReplyDelete
I had no idea about the dairy food symbolism.ReplyDelete
You should definitely visit the ICFF some time, it is a lot of fun seeing everything.
What beautiful Hanukkah photos and happy holidays to our friends who celebrate this holiday!ReplyDelete
Chic 'n Cheap Living
I didn't know anything about this celebration, very interesting.ReplyDelete
Elly @ Caribbean Living
great decor pictures! i'm not Jewish but I appreciate the holiday!ReplyDelete
This is such a beautiful post. Thanks for explaining it so clearly for all! Happy Hanukkah!ReplyDelete
thanks for sharing about Hanukkah - always good to be reminded of something i'm not familiar with. happy holidays!!ReplyDelete
Happy Hanukkah to you! Love this post! Such gorgeous decor and we get to learn a little more!ReplyDelete
Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings
Thank you for writing about this holiday - I didn't know much about it, so it was curious and interesting. xReplyDelete
I am saying yes.ReplyDelete
cool cakes !!! <3ReplyDelete