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Hanukkah The 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

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hanukkah the festival of lights

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
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
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 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
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
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
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.
sources
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