From Wikipedia

From Wikipedia

Prysilla Ahn, Staff (writer)

Hanukkah (or Chanukah) is a eight-day Jewish holiday where they have festivities celebrating the event of 165 BCE when the Jews successfully revolted against the Seleucid monarchy. The Jewish people celebrate by lighting candles on a menorah and each night, one more candle is lit. It is called Hanukiyah. This year’s Hanukkah, 2018, will be celebrated on December 2 to December 10.

The menorah symbolizes each day until they eighth, when the temple where they kept the Torah, lantern blazed.  The light is called ner tamid which means “eternal light.” However, on the candelabra there are nine candles. One candle that is lit and not one of the eight, is the shamash which is the candle helper to light the other candles. So, one candle is always on which would be the ninth candle.

On Hanukkah, Jewish families eat many meals that have been fried in oil, such as latkes, which are fried potato pancakes. You can eat this as a savory, whether it is sweet or salty. Some may eat latkes with apples to have a sweet flavor in their meal. They also may eat sufganiyot which are jelly-filled doughnuts.

Have a Happy (early) Hanukkah!

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