American Holidays – Hanukkah

American Holidays – Hanukkah

hi everyone I’m Alisha Chanukah is the
most popular Jewish holiday in the United States it falls on a date
determined by the Jewish calendar but is often very close to Christmas making for
a natural association between the two holidays it’s also called the festival
of lights and commemorates the rededication of the temple by the
Maccabees in the 2nd century BC a particular toy is associated with
Hanukkah do you know which one will show you the answer at the end of this video
Chanukah is one of the most important Jewish holidays and is one that most
people in the United States are very familiar with the distinctive menorah a
candelabra that is kindled as part of the celebration is commonly associated
with the holiday by most people Jewish or otherwise gift-giving is also
sometimes a part of this holiday even though Hanukkah is not as widely
celebrated as Christmas in the United States it’s a holiday that most people
are cognizant of and many non-jewish people who have Jewish friends do
participate in it to some extent the holiday is also sometimes celebrated by
secular Jews to keep the holiday season alive for non-religious reasons
the name festival of lights comes from the story behind Hanukkah according to
tradition the lights in the temple were able to keep burning for eight straight
days despite only having enough oil to keep burning for one day this tradition
is remembered today by the lighting of the menorah this is the Hanukkah
tradition with which most non-jewish people are familiar and the menorah is
widely known in the United States as an emblem of Jewish people a Hanukkah gelt
is a small quantity of money traditionally given at this time of year
chocolate coins though they possess no monetary value have become popular over
the years as well and now here’s the answer to the quiz do you know which toy
is associated with Hanukkah the dreidel a particular type of top with which a
game is associated is a traditional activity for children during this time
of year the dreidel is very commonly recognized as a symbol of the Jewish
people in the US how is this lesson did you learn
something interesting are there any holidays with religious
significance in your country please leave a comment in English class
until next time you

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