I have seen so many posts about Christmas that I would like to share our Hannuka with you

@Hannihar (36536)
December 6, 2017 9:00pm CST
Yes Hannuka and Christmas both come around this time of year and usually in the month of December. This year Hannuka comes before Christmas. We celebrate for 8 days. We light a Hannukia and the one we start out to light is in the middle or may be at the end it is called a Shamus. We light that each night along with one other till we get to the 7th day where 8 lights are or candles are lit. People put them in their porches in their windows to share with all. It is the Festival of lights. The Hannukia was only suppose to burn once but a miracle occurred and it burned for 8 days and that is why we celebrate the holiday for that amount of time. We eat jelly donuts and potato pancakes and give gifts. We spin something called a dreidl. They have changed so much from when I was growing up. Now, they have ones that are laser and spin around and sing Hannuka song. It is a fun time of year not only for children but adults and animals too. My Sophie one time loved to watch the dreidl spin around in a circle. I am including a picture here of a Hannukia so you can see it.
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@rheicel (7331)
• Philippines
14 Mar
I've heard about Hannuka but I don't know when and how it celebrates.
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@TheHorse (65888)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Mar
It's usually close to Christmas. It celebrates a "miracle" that occurred, allowing one day's worth of olive oil to burn for eight days in the temple.
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@Hannihar (36536)
14 Mar
@TheHorse The Horse it is nice explanation. What'sUp_Cel, I will give you a link to read so you can get an idea. Here in Israel people make potato pancakes that we call latkes and jelly donuts. I think when I was a kid we got presents 8 days. Here is some information for you to look at: Hanukkah (/'h??n?k?/ HAH-n?-k?; Hebrew: ????????? khanuká, Tiberian: khanuká, usually spelled ?????, pronounced [?anu'ka] in Modern Hebrew, ['?anuk?] or ['?anik?] in Yiddish; a transliteration also romanized as Chanukah or ?anukah) is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication. The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a Hanukkah menorah (or hanukkiah). One branch is typically placed above or below the others and its candle is used to light the other eight candles. This unique candle is called the shamash (Hebrew: ????, "attendant"). Each night, one additional candle is lit by the shamash until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the holiday.[1] Other Hanukkah festivities include playing dreidel and eating oil-based foods such as doughnuts and latkes. Since the 1970s, the worldwide Chabad Hasidic movement has initiated public menorah lightings in open public places in many countries.[ I will put a picture of a Hannukia for you to see what we light each night. I did not have to find a picture of a Hannukia because The Horse already put a Hannukia at the top. Hope all of this helps you.
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@rheicel (7331)
• Philippines
15 Mar
@TheHorse Does Hannuka is for Jewish people?
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@DianneN (78414)
• United States
14 Mar
Hope you had a wonderful Hanukkah!!!! I love latkes so much!
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@Hannihar (36536)
14 Mar
Dianne, I did as a matter of fact. I went to a friend and got some nice presents and made some things for them and gave her her belated birthday presents. She was in the States so did not see her.
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@DianneN (78414)
• United States
14 Mar
@Hannihar That's sweet!
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@Hannihar (36536)
14 Mar
@DianneN By the way Dianne. I used to get a box at the store of latkes and make them but could not find so do not make them and had them at a friend's and she gave me some to take home and it was too much and got kind of sick. I will be staying away from them now.
@TheHorse (65888)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Mar
I don't have a real Hannukia here, so I just light a candle.
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@Hannihar (36536)
14 Mar
The Horse, that is fine to light a candle. Do you do it eight times? That is so cool to hear you say Hannukia.
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@TheHorse (65888)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Mar
@Hannihar I try to. I only learned that there was a difference between a Menorah and a Hannukia from working at the preschool.
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@Hannihar (36536)
14 Mar
That is ok The Horse.
@josie_ (7348)
• Philippines
7 Dec
I no longer believe in religion but feel uncomfortable with the label "atheist". I was raise in the Catholic faith and the Christmas of my childhood were not only about opening presents. There was still the spirit of goodwill and religious reverence that I do not find in the overly commercialized celebrations today. I have a feeling your Hanukkah celebrations still manage to have as it's focal point it's religious significance.
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@Hannihar (36536)
7 Dec
josefina, not to all but yes there are those of us that look at our holidays as very special to us and mean more to us than to others. We have so much history behind our holidays that my trying to explain does not really do the holiday justice. Even though you do not believe josefina I will still wish you Happy Holidays.
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@josie_ (7348)
• Philippines
7 Dec
@Hannihar _Thank you. We still retain the merrymaking for our grandchildren (10)
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@Hannihar (36536)
7 Dec
@josie_ I understand josefina.
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@1creekgirl (10343)
• United States
7 Dec
Thanks, that was really interesting.
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@Hannihar (36536)
7 Dec
Vicki, you are welcome and glad you found it interesting. Happy Holidays.
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@1creekgirl (10343)
• United States
7 Dec
@Hannihar Happy Hannakuh!
@Hannihar (36536)
7 Dec
@1creekgirl Thank you so much Vicki and have a good holiday.
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@lady1993 (17676)
• Philippines
7 Dec
that sounds quite fun. thank you for sharing your tradition here
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@Hannihar (36536)
7 Dec
You are welcome lady Di.
@JudyEv (123322)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
That is really interesting. Thanks for this information and Happy Hannuka to you.
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@Hannihar (36536)
7 Dec
Thank you Judy and hope you enjoy your Christmas as well.
@RodrickH (8994)
• China
7 Dec
What is Hannuka
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@Hannihar (36536)
7 Dec
Rodrick, I guess I did not explain it very well so I decided to find some information that may help you understand it more. This is a little bit. I hope it helps you. Hanukkah (/'h??n?k?/ HAH-n?-k?; Hebrew: ????????? khanuká, Tiberian: khanuká, usually spelled ?????, pronounced [?anu'ka]in Modern Hebrew, ['?anuk?] or ['?anik?] in Yiddish; a transliteration also romanized as Chanukah or ?anukah) is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched menorah (also called a Chanukiah/Hanukiah), one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical menorah consists of eight branches with an additional visually distinct branch. The extra light, with which the others are lit, is called a shamash (Hebrew: ????, "attendant") and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest.[1] Other Hanukkah festivities include playing dreidel and eating oil-based foods such as doughnuts and latkes. Since the 1970s, the worldwide Chabad Hasidic movement has initiated public menorah lightings in open public places in many countries.[2]
@RasmaSandra (17569)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
7 Dec
I have many friends of the Jewish faith so I know Hanukkah well. Hope you will have a Happy Hanukkah.
@Hannihar (36536)
7 Dec
Thank you Sandra. That is nice that you have Jewish friends.
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