December 16, 2009
Today is Day 5 of the Jewish celebration of Chanukah, which lasts for 8 days in the winter. The holiday depends on the Hebrew calendar, which heavily relies on the phases of the moon and sun (a lunisolar calendar). This year, Chanukah began on December 11 of the Gregorian calendar, and will last until this Saturday, December 19.
In the Jewish tradition, Chanukah celebrates the triumph of light over dark, or, good over evil. The great miracle was that on a certain night over two thousand years ago, oil (for a lamp) that should have lasted only one night lasted for eight days and nights. So, that’s why every year, Chanukah is celebrated over a period of eight days, and on each day a new candle is lit on a menorah.
These days Chanukah (like most other major religious holidays) has been modernized, and families around the globe celebrate with their own traditions. Some families give gifts to each other on each night of Chanukah while others simply celebrate with good food and good company.
How will you be celebrating this year?
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am