On Thursday, we had a special guest come in to teach us all about Hanukkah!
We learned that Hanukkah is a holiday celebrated by many families in honor of the Maccabees reclaiming their temple in Jerusalem. They only had enough oil to light their lamp for one night, but it miraculously lasted for eight! This is why Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days. Hanukkah, like Diwali, happens at a different time from year to year, but it usually falls in late November or December.
We got to see lots of different types of Menorahs and learn about how the candles are lit. There is one candle for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah as well as a helper candle in the middle, which is called the Shamash. This candle is lit first and is used to light the rest of the candles each night. While we could not light the Menorahs in class, we did get to light a Virtual Menorah on the smart board! Just like Christmas and Diwali, families celebrating Hanukkah decorate their homes with streamers and lights, and they also eat lots of special food made with lots of oil, such as latkes and doughnuts!
Afterwards, we took out the dreidels we made in class and learned how to play! Our special guest also brought lots of dreidels for us to use and taught us some techniques to get a good spin going :)
We also got to taste some chocolate coins and fruity Hanukkah candy as a special treat!
We are so grateful to have learned so much from our giraffe and his family about the celebration of Hanukkah. We hope all families have a wonderful holiday season!