Hanukkah, a joyous celebration of family, freedom, and light, is a holiday primarily celebrated at home, beginning on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev (usually falling in December) and lasting for eight days. At what is the coldest, darkest time of the year for many people, we celebrate by bringing light and warmth into our homes, into our communities and into the world around us. Below are some of our favorite Hanukkah traditions, games, music, and food.
LIGHTING THE HANUKKAH CANDLES
When the menorah is facing you, the candle for the first night is placed in the right-most holder of the eight-branched menorah and the shamash is placed in its holder, which is raised or otherwise distinguished from the rest of the candleholders.
On each successive night, an additional candle is placed to the immediate left of the previous night’s candle, and the candles are lit from left to right, so the kindling begins with the newest light.
When the menorah is facing you, the candle for the first night is placed in the right-
most holder of the eight-branched menorah and the shamash is placed in its holder, which is raised or otherwise distinguished from the rest of the candleholders.
Foods cooked in oil—are customarily eaten during Hanukkah and serve as a
symbol of the legend of the jar of oil that lasted for eight days.
Latkas, as we know them, are potato-based pancakes constructed of salt, onions, eggs, and spices of the chef's choice. They are fried in oil until crisp and eaten with sour cream or apple sauce.
The doughnut is deep-fried in oil, filled with jam or custard, and then topped with powdered sugar.