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Topic – Hanukkah

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What Is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration that happens every year. Hanukkah starts on a different date each year. Sometimes Hanukkah starts in November, and sometimes it starts in December. Hanukkah lasts for eight days and nights.

Hanukkah is an important celebration for Jewish people around the world.

How Do People Celebrate Hanukkah?

An important part of Hanukkah is the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah. The Hanukkah menorah holds one candle in the middle and four candles on each side. The candle in the middle is for lighting the other candles.

People often play a game called dreidel (say it like this: dray-del). A dreidel is a spinning top with four sides. Each side has a different Hebrew letter on it. Hebrew letters are different from English letters.

People sing special Hanukkah songs. One song is about the dreidel.

There are special foods that many people eat during Hanukkah. One food is potato pancakes. Another food is doughnuts filled with jam.

People often give each other gifts during Hanukkah.

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