Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights.
It is celebrated by lighting one candle on the Hanukkiah each day, for eight days. The Hanukkiah is a special menorah which has nine candles. Eight candles are lit during the eight days of Hanukkah and the ninth candle, the Shamash, is used to light the others.
The Hanukkiah reminds Jews of the miracle of the lamp that happened over 2000 years ago in the temple in Jerusalem.
The Jews had won a long war against the Greek king Antiochus IV and were dismayed when they went back into their temple to find it had been ruined by Antiochus and his army.
After they had repaired the temple, the Jews lit a special lamp, the Ner Tamid, that would burn all day and all night. Even though there was only enough oil for one day, the lamp burned brightly for eight days and eight nights. This miracle is remembered by Jews all over the world during Hanukkah.
Make your own Hanukkiah menorah
Why not ask the children to study different Hanukkiah designs and then make their own? It would be great to see some pictures of their work!
Why not celebrate with a doughnut tasting session?
During Hanukkah, Jews eat jam or custard-filled sugared doughnuts called sufganiyot. The donuts are deep-fried in oil as a reminder of the miracle of the temple oil lamp!
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