Dear travelers,

This next holiday tradition is not limited to one specific place; it is celebrated in the hearts and homes of people all over the world. Hanukkah is a time for remembrance and celebration for members of the Jewish faith.

For eight nights in the last month of a special calendar—called the Jewish Lunar calendar—families come together to talk about their faith and celebrate the bravery of those that lived through hard times before them. Each night, a candle is lit on a large candleholder called a Menorah.

From home to home, the celebrations may look different. Families may make decorations for their houses; they may sing songs or read scriptures together. They might even play a traditional game with a spinning top called a Dreidel (Say: dray-del). Some families open presents after each candle is lit, others wait until the last night.

For me, I love making fried potato pancakes called latkes (Say: law-t-kuhs) with my friends. You can make them sweet by adding apples sauce, but I like topping them with a dollop of sour cream!



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