Hanukkah began yesterday at sunset. So it’s perfect that we begin the week with a blog that focuses on this festival of lights! Here are some interesting facts to help those who aren’t familiar with Hanukkah traditions:
- The word “Hanukkah” is Hebrew for “dedication.”
- You may have seen “Hanukkah” spelled in a variety of different ways! That’s because the Hebrew characters don’t have an exact English equivalent.
- Hanukkah celebrates the Maccabees reclaiming the second temple of Jerusalem from the Greek-Syrians.
- The Maccabees discovered that they only had enough oil to light the temple for one night. Miraculously, the oil lasted eight nights. This is why Hanukkah lasts eight nights.
- Many Hanukkah foods, such as latkes and doughnuts, are fried in oil. This is to commemorate the miracle of the oil.
Illuminate Hanukkah traditions with this Listen and Do activity sheet!
These sparkling menorah crafts look lovely displayed in the classroom!