Did You Know? Countdown to Chanukah 2009 (12/11)


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Chanukah
the Jewish Festival of Lights

Dec 11 : begins tonight @ sundown

Did you know that there are as many ways to spell the holiday of Chanukah as there are days in the festival?

The numerous spellings derive from the fact that the English term is a transliteration of a Hebrew word. Whether you spell is Chanukka, Hanukah, Hanukka, or even Khanuka, rest assured it’s all the same holiday.

~ Chanukah begins tonight @ sundown. A Happy and Peaceful Chanukah to all! ~

Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. It also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for 8 days. Jewish people mark this eight-day holiday by lighting the menorah, an eight-branched candelabra, and eating foods fried in oil such as potato latkes and jelly donuts. Join us for a new Did You Know? each day as we count down to Chanukah.

Chanukah, Hanukkah, Hanaka — no matter how you spell it — the fun begins at sundown on Friday December 11th.

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