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How to Celebrate Hanukkah with Traditional Customs: Menorah, Dreidel, Latkes, Sufganiyot and More

June 27, 2023

Celebrating the Festival of Lights: Hanukkah traditions include lighting the menorah, spinning the dreidel, eating delicious latkes, and exchanging gifts.

How to Celebrate Hanukkah with Traditional Customs

Are you looking to celebrate Hanukkah with all the traditional customs and traditions? Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights. It is a time to come together with loved ones, light the menorah, play the dreidel game, and enjoy delicious foods like latkes and sufganiyot. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the steps to have a memorable Hanukkah celebration.

By the end of this post, you will learn how to properly light the candles on the menorah, play the dreidel game, and prepare traditional Hanukkah treats. Get ready to embrace the joy and traditions of Hanukkah!

How To: Light the Menorah

Lighting the menorah is the central ritual of Hanukkah. It symbolizes the miracle that occurred when a single day's worth of oil lasted for eight days. Follow these steps to light the menorah:

1. Gather the Items

Make sure you have a menorah, Hanukkah candles, and matches ready.

2. Place the Menorah

Position the menorah in a central location, such as a windowsill or table, where it can be seen by all. The candles should be aligned in a straight line.

3. Add the Shamash

Place the shamash (helper candle) in the center of the menorah, either higher or lower than the other candles.

4. Light the Candles

Start with the candle on the far right and work your way towards the left, adding one candle each night. Use the shamash to light the other candles.

5. Recite the Blessings

Before lighting the candles, recite the appropriate blessings: the first night blessing and the general blessing for the other nights.

6. Display the Menorah

Keep the lit menorah in a safe place where it can be enjoyed by family and friends throughout Hanukkah.

How To: Play the Dreidel Game

The dreidel game is a traditional Hanukkah pastime. Here's how to play:

1. Gather the Supplies

Get a dreidel and some gelt (chocolate coins or other small tokens).

2. Set the Rules

Decide on the rules for the game. Each player starts with an equal number of gelt.

3. Spin the Dreidel

Take turns spinning the dreidel. The letter it lands on determines the action: Nun (nothing), Gimel (take all), Hey (take half), or Shin (add to the pot).

4. Follow the Rules

Follow the instructions based on the letter the dreidel lands on. Players give or collect gelt accordingly.

5. Continue Playing

Keep spinning the dreidel and following the rules until one player collects all the gelt or a predetermined end point is reached.

How To: Prepare Traditional Hanukkah Treats

Hanukkah is known for its delicious treats. Here's how to make two classic Hanukkah foods:

1. Make Latkes

Ingredients: - Potatoes - Onion - Eggs - Flour - Salt and pepper - Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions: 1. Grate the potatoes and onion. 2. Squeeze out excess moisture from the grated potatoes and onion. 3. Mix in eggs, flour, salt, and pepper. 4. Heat vegetable oil in a pan. 5. Spoon the potato mixture into the hot oil and flatten. 6. Fry until golden brown on both sides. 7. Drain on paper towels and serve with applesauce or sour cream.

2. Make Sufganiyot

Ingredients: - Flour - Sugar - Yeast - Milk - Butter - Eggs - Salt - Jam for filling - Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions: 1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm milk. 2. Mix in flour, melted butter, eggs, and salt. 3. Knead the dough until smooth, then let it rise. 4. Roll out the dough and cut out circles. 5. Place a spoonful of jam in the center of half the circles. 6. Cover with another circle and seal the edges. 7. Let the sufganiyot rise again, then fry in hot oil until golden brown. 8. Drain on paper towels and dust with powdered sugar.

Celebrate Hanukkah with Traditional Customs and Switch

Incorporating Switch into your Hanukkah celebrations can make managing shared expenses and collecting money from friends hassle-free. With Switch, you can easily create pitches to collect money for ingredients, decorations, or any other expenses for your Hanukkah celebrations. Say goodbye to awkward IOUs and tracking who has paid and who hasn't. Switch simplifies the process and allows everyone to enjoy the festivities without any stress.

Embrace the Joy of Hanukkah

    Light the menorah, play the dreidel game, and savor traditional Hanukkah treats with your loved ones. Make this Hanukkah a memorable and stress-free celebration with the help of Switch.
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