Israel: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel wished the Jewish people, around the world, on the occasion of Hanukkah. It is a week-long festival whose celebration commenced on December 18, 2022 (Sunday) and will end on December 26, 2022 (Monday).
While sharing wishes with the people, the ministry stated, “Happy Hanukkah to all of our Jewish friends around the world.”
The ministry also anticipated that people around the world celebrate this auspicious festival with love and safety, as many parts of the globe are still dealing with one or the other biological disaster.
Hanukkah 2022 has started, and the Jewish population has begun planning a joyous celebration. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that is commemorated for eight days and nights. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and is celebrated in both December and January. Hanukkah is a time of great celebration and joy for the Jewish community.
Hanukkah is celebrated to commemorate the Maccabees’ victory over the Syrian-Greeks in the 2nd century BC. According to the Talmud, when the Maccabees entered the Temple, they found oil to light the Menorah for only one night, but miraculously, the oil lasted for eight days and nights. This miracle is celebrated every year during Hanukkah.
Traditionally, a menorah is lit each night of Hanukkah, and special prayers are said. Families also enjoy eating traditional Hanukkah foods, and children play games and create memories. As Hanukkah 2022 has started, here are some ways to celebrate it:
1. Light the Hanukkah Candles: The first night of Hanukkah is celebrated by lighting a single candle on the Menorah (Hanukkah lamp). Each night a new candle is added until all eight are lit. After lighting the candles, a blessing is said, and a special Hanukkah song is sung.
2. Play Dreidel: Dreidel is a traditional game that is played during Hanukkah. The game is played with a four-sided top that is marked with Hebrew letters. Players take turns spinning the top and collecting tokens depending on which letter the top lands on.
3. Exchange Gifts: It’s a tradition to exchange small gifts during Hanukkah. Gifts can include items like chocolate coins, candles, toys, and games.
4. Eat Traditional Foods: Traditional Hanukkah foods include latkes (potato pancakes), sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts), and brisket. Some people also enjoy adding a special Hanukkah twist to their favourite recipes.
5. Participate in Community Events: Many communities have special Hanukkah celebrations that bring families and friends together. These events may include activities such as the lighting of the Menorah, Hanukkah music concerts, and art activities.
Celebrating Hanukkah is a meaningful and fun experience for the entire family. The meaningful traditions, activities, and food of the holiday will create lasting memories that will be cherished for years to come.