The most important message of Hanukkah may be found in the name of the holiday itself: Dedication. The celebration reaffirms the continuing struggle on part of the community to live by God's commandments and to lead Jewish lives.
The most important
Hanukkah ritual is the lighting of candles. Celebrants light one candle each
day in a special candleholder called a menorah or a hanukkiah
until all nine are lit. Food fried in oil, games of dreidel (a spinning
top), and golden colored coins or gelts given as gifts to children,
are some highlights of this eight-day long festivity.
This year, Hanukkah
begins at sunset, December 9, and runs on to December 16.