IN CELEBRATION OF HANUKKAH 2020
Here we come around to the holiday season in winter, and here at OWL Educational Services, we wanted to help get into the holiday spirit. Obviously, the season of Christmas comes to mind—endless songs blare out from the radio since the day after Thanksgiving and will continue to blare until the end of Christmas Day. Trees and wreaths are decorated and placed, carolers go from door front to door front spreading their holiday cheer, and presents are bought at great expense on one’s charge card. But what about other holidays? Do they not have something to offer in our culture?
Here at Our Wisdom Leads Academy, we wanted to branch out and let our followers and readers know of other important holidays occurring during this season. With that in mind, allow us to introduce you to Hanukkah.
Hanukkah is a Jewish festival meant to commemorate the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. You might also know of this holiday as the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is observed over eight days and nights, starting on the 25th day of Kislev—according to the Hebrew calendar—and this can start at any time from late November (after Thanksgiving) to late December (closer to Christmas). Possibly the most famous feature of this holiday is the lighting of the nine-branched candelabrum, commonly known as a menorah. The middle candle is typically raised higher than the rest, and it is this candle that is used to light the others (one for each day of Hanukkah). The lighting of each nightly candle is a way for the Jewish family to note each night leading up to the final night of the festival.
Other Hanukkah festivities including playing the game of dreidel and eating foods like latkes and dairy items. Since the 1970s the worldwide Chabad Hasidic movement has initiated public menorah lightings in public spaces in many countries. This movement has helped to raise awareness for the Jewish faith, as well as for another cultural celebration during this holiday season.
Hanukkah has maintained an increasing cultural significance in North American, despite being a relatively minor holiday in strictly religious terms. This might be because many secular Jews see this as a great alternative to Christmas, given that both holidays occur at approximately the same time.
We here at OWL Educational Services would encourage the parents who read these blogs to take their children to their local library and research more information on this important religious and cultural holiday.