Published: Thursday, 10 December 2020
The Story of Chanukah
Chanukah is a festival that falls in the winter. The story is the about the Maccabees who were Israelites from the Maccabaeus Family taking back the 2nd temple against the Seleucid Empire. At that time any Jewish practices were forbidden. Within the temple was just enough oil to light the temple for one night but a miracle happened and the oil lasted for 8 nights thereby allowing the Maccabees to rededicate the temple.
As part of the celebrations Jewish people eat deep fried food to commemorate the miracle of the oil lasting for 8 nights. They eat such things as fried potatoes, pancakes and doughnuts. They light candles for 8 nights and give out presents. Chanukah is also regarded as a festival of light.
We understand that times of celebration are different this year and we encourage everyone to keep following the governments guidance on social distancing and celebrate safely.