7 Interesting Facts About Hanukkah You Probably Don’t Know About
7 Interesting Facts about Hanukkah You Probably Didn’t Know About
When you think about Hanukkah, you probably imagine people lighting the menorah for eight straight nights, feasting on mouth-watering latkes, and spinning dreidels. Giving gifts to children and relatives is also part of the celebration of this Jewish holiday, which is also called the Festival of Lights. At this time of the year, kids receive money from their parents as a reward for reading the Torah.
Let’s get your mind stuffed with more trivia about this Jewish holiday. Here are seven facts about Hanukkah you probably didn’t know about:
1. There is no incorrect way to spell it.
Is it really Hanukkah, Chanukah, Hannuka, or maybe Kahnooca? Actually, all of these can be used to describe the holiday, although most Jews would prefer Hanukkah. These multiple names exist simply because there’s no right way to translate Hebrew sounds directly to English. As such, as long as you pronounce it like Hanukkah without having to spell it right, people will get what you mean.
2. It’s not a major Jewish holiday.
While Hanukkah may seem like a popular Jewish holiday, most Jews actually don’t really pay much attention to it as they do to other events such as Rosh Hashanah and the Passover. You might even be surprised to learn that it’s not mentioned in the Torah.
3. The dreidel was merely used as a distraction.
Dreidels are tiny spinning tops played by kids during Hanukkah. However, they were more than just toys during ancient times. Since studying the Torah was banned by the Greek-Syrian rulers of Jerusalem at that time, the Jews were wise enough to read the holy text while pretending to be gambling using the dreidels.
4. The White House celebrates Hanukkah every year.
Thanks to former president Jimmy Carter, Hanukkah became an annual tradition at the White House after Carter spoke publicly about it in 1979. In 1993, then-president Bill Clinton held the first-ever candle-lighting ceremony along with his staff. Eight years later on December 10, 2001, George Bush hosted the first official White House Hanukkah party.
5. Fried dishes have a symbolic meaning.
Ever wondered why Hanukkah dishes like latkes (potato pancakes), kugel (potato or noodle casserole), and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) are fried? It’s because to the Jews, the oil represents the miracle oil that their forefathers used to light the menorah to rededicate the temple in Jerusalem following their victory over a tyrant king. The small quantity of oil that they found was supposed to light the menorah for just one day, but it miraculously lasted for eight days.
6. There’s a proper way to light the candles.
Although one doesn’t have to spell Hanukkah correctly, there seems to be a stricter rule when it comes to lighting the nine candles of the menorah. The candles must be placed from right to left. However, since the newest candle should be prioritized, the candles are lit from left to right.
7. The world’s largest menorah is in New York.
If you’re searching for the biggest menorah in the world, you can find it in the Grand Army Plaza in New York City. The public plaza boasts of hosting the world’s largest sacred candelabrum, which is 32 feet high.
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