We are in the middle of Hanukah celebration which is quite early this year. For our family it is the first of two holidays this month. We are a multicultural family; my wife being Jewish and myself born Christian (Lutheran). This works well in many aspect because we both are secular and embrace each others cultures. What I like the best about Hanukah is you get together as a family and light the candles in the menorah, which is a nine branched candelabrum. You lit a new candles each night for eight consecutive nights, I also like the latkes, fried potato pancakes which you eat during Hanukah, Latkes is a typical staple food in the Swedish kitchen, it brings back memories from my childhood. Another delicious fried food consumed during Hanukah are doughnuts. Usually they a filled with jam. I personally prefer the plain ones my wife makes.
The eight days celebration of Hanukah commemorates the re-dedication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors. The wicks of the menorah miraculously burned for eight days, even though there was only enough sacred oil for one day's lighting. That is what the legend tells us
I wish everyone Happy Hanukah!
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