HanukkahThe Festival of Lights Grade 3/4 research project on celebrations, traditions and rituals Author : Marcus
The name of the celebration or tradition you are researching? • Festival name • Hanukkah, a Jewish celebration • It can also be spelled Chanukah • Festival name meaning • Festival of lights
Why is this an important event? • The festival of Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of the lamp. • People first celebrated Hanukkah because they defeated a mean ruler who would not let them worship God. • To celebrate they lit an oil candle that they wanted to last forever. • They only had enough oil for one day but a miracle happened and the candle stayed lit for eight days which was enough time to get more oil.
When and where does it happen? • When • Hanukkah lasts for 8 nights • Its celebrated on the 25th of Kislev • Kislev is the Jewish month that is roughly in between November and December • Where • All Jews celebrate Hanukkah all around the world • It is celebrated both at home and at the synagogue (Jewish temple)
Some things they do at this celebration? • Candles are lit every night • The candles are in a special candelabra called a Menorah • The menorah is a special 9 candle candelabra • People give gifts or money • People share food • People play games like Dreidel • Dreidel is a special spin the top game that is only played at Hanukkah
Do they eat special food? • During Hanukkah they eat food fried in olive oil because that’s the type of oil the Jews used in the menorah. • For example potato latkes are a traditional Hanukkah food
Do they listen to, sing/play special music? • Songs • “Oh Chanukah" is a traditional Hanukah song • "I Have a Little Dreidel" is one of the most recognized English Hanukah songs. • Both songs are • Playful with upbeat tempo and are sung by children. • The songs are about dancing, eating latkes, playing dreidel, lighting the candles and singing happy songs.
Do they use special items? Dreidel Menorah
Sources Books 1. Holidays and Festivals - Hanukkah (Nancy Dickmann) 2. Celebrations - Hanukkah (Mandy Ross) 3. Hanukkah Festival of Lights (Jenny Koralek) Websites 1. Hanukkah for kids 2. Eight Hanukkah facts for children