As every religion and culture, Jewish also has religious events. But here we are going to discuss the well-known and special event Hanukkah.
The Jewish and Israel celebrate this day on the 10th of December every year. This event’s celebration continues for eight days. Hanukkah is also known as Chanukah.
Hanukkah often called the festival of lights as they celebrated this day with lighting of the menorah, give and take gifts, and cook traditional foods and play different games. There are various assumptions about this event.
This is all about the second century B.C. According to history, the Syrian king Seleucid Antiochus III took control of Judea the prominent place of Israel. Still, he did permission to Jewish that they can perform their religious norms openly. But his son Antiochus IV Epiphanes disagreed with this. He was less kind and forced the Jewish to worship Greek gods.
According to his orders, his soldiers massacred thousands of holy temple and killed Jewish who denied their charges.
Some time passed away, and a great Jewish priest Mattathias and his five sons broke out against Antiochus and the Seleucid kingdom with the help of rebellions. After Matthathias death in 166 B.C., his son Judah, took the helm and within two years the Jews had successfully driven the Syrians out of Jerusalem.
According to the order of Judah who known as Judah Maccabee (“the Hammer”), his soldiers rebuild the Second Temple and light its menorah.
So now the Jews celebrate this day due to this remembrance!
A story that modern historians offer is a different version of the Hanukkah tale. According to them, in the era of Antiochus IV, two groups were fighting against each other. One of the religious Jews and the second groups was related to those people who left Jewish pastoral and preaching Greek gods.
Well, these are two different stories about the historical event Hanukkah.
They follow many traditions while celebrating this event in 8 days. I am going to tell you about some of these exciting celebrations. Here we go:
- The Jews celebrate this day very happily. These holidays’ start from 10th of December and end after eight days.
- This Hanukkah party actually rotates around the kindling of a nine-branched menorah, in Hebrew.
- The last and eighth night of the event they added night candle, called Shamash (helper).
- They recite blessings during this ceremonial.
- During these days they cook foods in oil, and their most traditional food for this day is potato pancakes.
- They also cook doughnuts with jam filling.
- They exchange presents with friends and family members
- Play different games like dreidels.
If we talk about of recent decades, this event is no longer popular in North America. There is no holiday on these days, and people usually restrict to do their routine work, jobs and attend schools.
We can say that Hanukkah has exploded into essential business meetings, school works and other busy routines.
If we talk about Israel, people love to celebrate these days till now with significant religious and social involvement.
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