If you know us well you’ll know we love a good festival and chanukah ticks all our boxes.
It’s the Jewish Festival of Lights and recalls the story of when one day’s oil last for eight days. This year it began on Sunday December 6th and ends on the 13th December. The story it recalls is of a heroic group of people in biblical times who overcame their oppressors, it is a tale of light over darkness – good over evil.
Little coloured or beeswax candles are place on a menorah which is a type of candelabra and lit each night songs are sung and a good time is had by all.
Food wise – forget the diet it isn’t going to happen as the festival embraces oil and fried food with gusto, which makes for some super yummy things such as donuts (sometimes called sufganiot) and latkes, the most perfect of Jewish foods – fried potato pancakes.
Presents are exchanged, it’s party time and a little spinning top called a dreidal is one not just part of a traditional game but is arguably the key symbol of the holiday. It is inscribed with Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, hei and shin which is an acronym for a word that means a great miricle has happened. In the little dreidal’s honor we have changed our cover picture on facebook.
Fabulous donuts also called sufganyot are eaten. We think the Donut Snob really nailed it with the selection in this pic!