Hanukkah Roundup

Hanukkah is a Jewish Holiday which is celebrated for eight days. It is usually celebrated late Nov to late Dec. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev. The Hebrew word “hanukkah” means “dedication.” Hanukkah is the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Hanukkah Traditions

Lighting the Menorah: Every year the Menorah is lit with the whole family present. It is customary to commemorate the miracle of the Hanukkah oil by lighting candles on a Menorah. The Menorah is lit every night for eight nights. 

Spinning the dreidel: A very popular Hanukkah game is spinning the dreidel, which is a four-sided top with Hebrew letters written on each side. Click here to make a paper dreidel, the meaning of the letters and how to play the game.

Eating fried foods: Because Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of oil, it is traditional to eat fried foods such as latkes and sufganiyot during the holiday. Latkes are pancakes made out of potatoes and onions, which are fried in oil and then served with applesauce. Check out the recipe here.


    1. Reminds me of the Friend's episode where Ross dressed up to explain the Hanukkah traditions to his son :)


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