Hanukkah

Hanukkah is often referred to as the ‘Jewish Christmas’ but it is, in reality, quite different. Learn more about this popular Jewish festival through free printable Hanukkah worksheets, activities, crafts, coloring pages and other educational resources for kids. Don’t forget to browse through other Holiday resources!

Here are some interesting facts about Hanukkah:

  • ‘Hanukkah’ is a Hebrew word whose guttural sounds cannot be replicated in the English alphabet.That’s why the holiday is spelled in many different ways and all spellings are more or less correct.
  • Also known as ‘The Festival of Lights,’ Hanukkah celebrates the victory of Jews over Antiochus, the Greek king of Syria who compelled the Jews to give up their rituals and worship Greek gods.
  • Hanukkah in Hebrew means ‘dedication.’
  • This festival falls on the 25th day of the month Kislev (according to the Hebrew calendar) and is celebrated for 8 days and nights. This means Hanukkah falls anywhere between November and January each year.
  • How is Hanukkah celebrated?

    As in most festivals of other cultures, Hanukkah is a time when families come together to celebrate, share food and pass on traditions to the next generation. Traditional Hanukkah foods include latkes (friend potato pancakes) and Sufganiyot (sweet doughnuts stuffed with jelly.) Jewish children get gifts of money so they can learn about the importance of charity.

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