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International Winter Holiday Celebrations - Hanukkah
Posted on Dec 10th, 2020

Today, we're delving into Hanukkah, which starts tonight at sundown and runs through December 18th. During this Jewish celebration, sometimes called the Festival of Lights, participants commemorate the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. The holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games, and gifts.

The most well-known tradition is the lighting of the menorah after sundown each night. Blessings are recited during this ritual and the menorah is usually placed prominently in a window as a reminder to others of the miracle that inspired the holiday.

Food, as with many traditions around the globe, also plays an important part in the celebrations. Latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot ( a type of jelly-filled donut) are among the most popular. There's also the rugelach, a delicious pastry often filled with nuts and cream cheese.

Here's a fun and easy rugelach recipe from Food Network's Ina Garten that you can try at home!
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