There are several ways to spell Channukah or Hanukkah or Chanukah. Whichever way the holiday is spelled or celebrated, the significance of the Jewish celebration is the freedom to practice religious beliefs!
The ancient story of Channukah retells the Jewish resistance led by Judah Maccabee and his brothers, against the Syrian King Antiochus and his army. There were many acts of courage, before the Jewish people were victorious. When they regained Jerusalem and wanted to rededicate their Temple, they searched and found only a single flask of undefiled olive oil—just what was needed to light the sacred menorah and rededicate temple. The Hebrew word Channukah means “dedicate”. Although the flask held only enough for a single day, the light of the menorah miraculously burned for eight complete days.
There are many joyful Channukah holiday tradition of candle lighting, eating delicious potato latkes, playing with dreidels, sharing gifts, and singing songs. Jewish families, all over the world, celebrate Chanukkah for eight days and always remember that Channukah was a victory of a few over many to retain the precious freedom of worshiping in freedom and living in peace!
I found the Wikipedia Chanukkah article filled detailed and informative information, which I hope you will also enjoy.
I am sending my Best Holiday Wishes to everyone who will lighting the candles on their Chanukah menorah and celebrating the 4th night of Channukah tonight. I hope your holiday celebration will be as joyful as ours!
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