Happy Hanukkah (Chanukah Sameach) to all those celebrating!

This weekend Jewish people and BAME Students, across the world, are preparing to celebrate Hanukkah (Chanukah) - their 'Festival of Lights'.

Hanukkah (or Chanukah) is the Jewish winter-time Festival of Lights, which spans eight days, from the 28th of November to the 6th of December. 

The word translates to “dedication”, as the Jewish people use this moment for rededication and to light their menorahs (9 stemmed candlesticks). This is done in succession across each night of the festival and lit from left to right, using the old burning light to ignite the new.

A Menorah (9 stemmed candle) and doughnuts for Hanukkah!A Menorah and doughnuts for Hanukkah

There are lots of funs things you can do to engage in and celebrate the Jewish festivities, with your family, such as playing games and eating doughnuts. Follow these links for more ideas on celebrating Hanukkah:

Fun Fact: Hanukkah is one of four nationally known celebrations in December, along with Christmas, the Winter Solstice and Kwanza, although Hanukkah and Kwanza (the African American ‘harvest’ celebrations) are more broadly recognised and celebrated in the US, Africa and other places around the world, but not so much in the UK.

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