Hanukkah, or Chanukah, is a Jewish celebration that lasts for eight days and nights every year. Every year for eight days, a nine-branched candelabrum, or menorah, is lit. This is a symbol of the "miracle of the oil." According to Jewish tradition, a couple thousand years ago, candlelight shone for eight straight days in a newly-reclaimed temple, even if there was only a tiny amount of oil for fuel.
Depending on where you are in the world, Hanukkah celebrations can be quite different! It can be celebrated with delicious fried food like doughnuts, special songs and prayers, gifts for the whole family, and chocolate coins for children.
But one tradition stays pretty much the same throughout the world. It's the placing of the menorah near the window in the evening, pouring warm, happy light from the home into the community. Hanukkah is truly a holiday of shared joy. 🕎