The Macabees, a small group of Jewish men led by Mattathias and his five sons, were able to defeat the much more powerful and experienced Greek-Syrian army that had invaded Israel and forbidden the Jews to worship in their Temple. The Hebrew word 'Hanukkah' means dedication and after the Macabee's victory, they rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem and were once again able to worship freely. This all happened during the time between the Old and New Testaments.
Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days. Each evening, candles are lit on an eight branched menorah called a 'Hanukiyah'. On the first evening, one candle is lit. On the second evening, two candles are lit and so on until the eighth evening when all eight candles are lit.
In the Hanukkah story, the one day supply of oil needed to keep the Temple menorah alight, lasted for a miraculous eight days, (the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of sanctified oil), and so, Hanukkah is celebrated with edible goodies cooked in oil. In Israel, the favourite Hanukkah treat is 'Sufganiyot' - round doughnuts with a myriad of toppings and fillings.
Here are some traditional Hanukkah recipes but feel free to be creative! Click the links below:
... by Working for a Better Future
Each night, after the lighting of the Hanukkah candles, children are traditionally given coins, which adds to their sense of excitement about the holiday.