Celebrating Hanukkah

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By Rheya Traylor
As we move into the holiday season, it is important to remember the diverse range of holidays that our peers will be celebrating. The Jewish holiday Hanukkah, or Festival of Lights, is celebrated for eight days and nights. This year it will start the evening of December 24th and end the evening of January 1st.  Hanukkah refers to the celebration of Israelites over their Greek ruler approximately 2,200 years ago. The symbol that is usually representative of Hanukkah is the Menorah. This nine-branched candelabrum holds candles. Each night of Hanukkah, a candle is placed from right to left. It is then lit from left to right on the last night and shown in the window of each Jewish home. During this eight-day period, families traditionally eat potato pancakes and jelly doughnuts or other foods that are fried in oil to celebrate the Festival of Light. They will also recite the Hallel, or the psalm of praise.

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