Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Hanukkah (Chanukah)


Tonight at sundown begins the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, which means "dedication" in Hebrew, correlating to the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar . Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts. There are many traditions and celebrations linked to the history of this beautiful eight-day holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

So to all of you celebrating this wonderful holiday:

"Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe,

Who has kept us alive, and has preserved us,
and enabled us to reach this season."


Jenine said...

We're doing a double celebration this year with both Chanukah and Christmas. We think it's important for our girls to learn about other cultures, religions, and traditions so they can have knowledge and be accepting of all differences in how other people live and how they do things. Since those two holidays are close together we chose to use them both and are celebrating both and learning the history and traditions of them.

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

As soon as I saw this post in my reader I smiled. Thank you. The history behind Chanukah is truly inspiring and miraculous. So far our Chanukah celebration has been a wonderful experience. There will be plenty of pictures to come, don't you worry ;)

Hugs to you!

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