Monday, 3 December 2012

Hanukkah: Jewish Festival of lights

Hanukkah is the most widely celebrated American Jewish holiday. It is easy to celebrate and does not require intense spiritual reflection or elaborate preparation. It is celebrated for eight days and nights.

Every holiday all around the world commemorate events invested with historical historical and religious meaning so does the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. Hanukkah means "rededication," and it commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by foreign forces. In addition to that the Jews regained control of Jerusalem.

It is a fun, child-centered occasion. It is celebrated with excellent food, an exchange of gifts and brightly lit colored candles are the most popular feature of this Jewish holiday. Hanukkah has become much more popular in modern practice because of its fall just before the most popular Christmas festival. The Jewish People also sing special songs, recite Hallel prayer, eating foods fried in oil,playing the dreidel game, and giving Hanukkah gelt. The eating of fried food commemorate the importance of oil during the celebration of Hanukkah. Lots of games are played during the time of Hanukkah. The dreidel is the most popular one. The dreidel game is played by spinning the dreidel, which is a four-sided top with Hebrew letters written on each side.Gelt, which are chocolate coins covered with tin foil, are part of this game.

The Hanukkah celebration revolves around the kindling of a nine-branched menorah, known in Hebrew as the hanukiah. On each of the holiday’s eight nights, another candle is added to the menorah after sundown; the ninth candle, called the shamash (“helper”), is used to light the others. Jews typically recite blessings during this ritual and display the menorah prominently in a window as a reminder to others of the miracle that inspired the holiday. The menorah is put in the front window of houses so people passing can see the lights and remember the story of Hanukkah.

According to the english calendar it starts on 8th of December and ends on 16th of December. There are several theories about why Hanukkah is celebrated over eight nights. One legend says that when Judah and his followers went into the Temple there was only enough oil to burn for one night, but that it burned for eight nights. Another story says that they found eight iron spears and put candles of them and used them for lighting in the Temple.

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