Hanukkah Celebrations & Eats on Long Island
Celebrate the Festival of the Lights with menorah lightings and festive events including a menorah parade. Scroll below for top rated latke's!
Things to know about Hanukkah:
- Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusualem. The Maccabees built a new menorah. At first they worried that they would not be able to light their new menorah, but they searched and searched, until at last they found one tiny jar of oil – enough to light the menorah for just one evening. The Maccabees knew that it would be at least eight days before they could get more oil, but they lit the menorah anyway. To their surprise, this little jar of oil burned for eight days- hence the Festival of Lights!
- Candles are lit each nite to celebrate the miracle of oil lasting for eight nights
- The miracle of oil lasting eight days is always celebrated in traditional food that are eaten such as latkes and jelly donuts- scroll for Top Rated Latkes
- Lacking exact English equivalents to the Hebrew sounds led to the many spelling variations we see today: Hanukkah, Chanukah, Hanukah, Hannukah, Chanukkah. Did you say that five different ways? In English, the different spellings don’t affect the pronunciation. So when writing Happy Hanukkah, have no fear, pick your favorite.
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