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Hanukkah 2015 at Peterbrook

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish festival also known as the Festival of Lights. Jews observe the festival by lighting one candle on a menorah - or 'hanukiah candelabrum' - each day.

In the western calendar, Hanukkah is celebrated in November or December.

The word Hanukkah means 'rededication' and commemorates the Jews' struggle for religious freedom when, according to legend, the leaders of a Jewish rebel army called the Maccabees rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt of 167 BC (BCE).

When the Maccabees had succeeded in reclaiming the Temple, the first task was to relight the sacred light which burned to signify the presence of God.  The flame is required to burn throughout the night every night but although there was only enough oil for one day, the candles miraculously stayed alight for eight days – the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of kosher oil for the menorah.  To remember this miracle eight candles are lit, one more each night of the festival. 

A traditional game is also played by the children during the celebrations such as the dreidel game. 

At Peterbrook we celebrated Hanukkah by holding a workshop for 15 children after school.  Children had the opportunity to play the dreidel game and other games and had great fun!  



Peterbrook Primary School, High Street, Solihull Lodge, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 1HR

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