Dear Boren Family,
Here is the 7 minute video about Hanukkah, Dawali (which happens in November in India), and Kwanza. It is a cartoon, but I like the way it explains differences and celebrations.
Hanukkah begins this week on December 10 . We will discuss Kwanza next week.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkINRdhT004 (there is a quick add before the video begins)
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday which celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the larger Syrian army. The Hebrew word hanukkah means (re)dedication (to dedicate again).
The menorah is a candle holder, an important Hanukkah symbol and each night a candle is lit.
The most classic Hanukkah game is, of course, spinning the dreidel. What is a dreidel? A dreidel is a spinning top with four sides, each inscribed with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The letters form an acronym for the Hebrew saying Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, which can be translated to "a great miracle happened there," referring to the miracle which Hanukkah is centered around.
In 2020, Hanukkah will be from the evening of Thursday, 10th December until the evening of Friday, 18th December.