The BBC says that Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, is celebrated with gifts, games and fried food. Sounds good to me.
The nicest thing about religious celebrations is how often they involve friends, family and food. Today we’re taking a quick look at #Hanukkah, which starts this evening on December 16 and ends on December 24.
From what I understand, the origin of the festival comes from when a group of Jews called the #Maccabees needed to light a special lamp, called a menorah, as part of re-dedicating a temple to God.
They only had enough olive oil to light the lamp for one day, but it stayed alight for eight days instead. That was considered miraculous, which is why Hanukkah is an eight-day festival.
It’s also a time to have fun. Hanukkah traditions include playing a game with spinning tops called dreidels, giving gifts of money to younger children and eating lots of delicious food. Let’s have a look…
How to play #dreidel
A recipe for #latkes – fried potato cakes
How to make #sufganiyot – deep fried jam doughnuts
And a recipe for rugelach – stuffed and rolled sweet pastries
This definitely looks like my kind of festival. Anyone fancy inviting me to theirs for next year? Happy Hanukkah!