At sunset of November 28, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world will welcome the beginning of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days.
Hanukkah customs include but are not limited to:
- Listening to music and songs written on Hanukkah themes.
- Eating foods fried or baked in oil (preferably olive oil).
- Playing or spinning the dreidel, a four-sided spinning top that children play with during Hanukkah.
- Giving out “Chanukkah money” to children during the festival.
“Taking place over eight nights, Hanukkah, which means dedication in Hebrew, commemorates the successful revolt led by the Maccabees, leading to the liberation of the Jewish people and the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.”Justine Trudeau, the Prime Minister
Read the full statement delivered by the Prime Minister here: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/statements/2021/11/28/statement-prime-minister-mark-start-hanukkah