Hanukkah, or Chanukah, begins at sunset on Thursday, Dec. 10. While some of the holiday’s traditions are well known, here are a few other fun facts about “The Festival of Lights.”
• The dreidel features a letter on each side which represent the saying, “Nes Gadol Haya Sham,” meaning “a great miracle happened there.”
• Hanukkah dishes, like latkes, are fried in oil to celebrate the miracle oil that the Maccabees kept lit for eight days.
• Gift-giving is not an original Hanukkah tradition.
Chabad of Tallahassee will hold a virtual menorah lighting each night of Hanukkah. You can learn more here.
– McKinley Lewis, On 3 Public Relations