Hanukkah is a traditional Jewish holiday celebrated by Jews all over the world. Contrary to popular belief, Hanukkah is not a Jewish version of Christmas. It is a religious celebration, or “Festival of Lights,” that is observed for eight days and eight nights. The meaning behind the eight days is The Maccabees, a group of Jewish rebel warriors, only had enough oil to last one night, but miraculously, it burned for eight days.
There are many unique Hanukkah traditions that are observed by many families. Because of the miracle of the oil, having foods that are fried in oil is a tradition. The most popular food is latkes, crispy pancakes that are often made with shredded potatoes and served with applesauce or sour cream. Another Hanukkah tradition is the dreidel. This is a four-sided spinning top that is played with mostly by children. They put up chocolate coins and then each person spins the dreidel. Whichever side it lands on determines how many of the chocolate coins they get. Another very common Hanukkah tradition is the Menorah. This lampstand that will hold nine candles by the last day of Hanukkah. A new candle is lit every night of the holiday.