Hanukkah Begins

By: Candace White
By: Candace White

12-15-06

While Santa may have come early with Christmas gifts, another holiday celebration is starting right now. Hanukkah began at sundown.

This eight-day celebration is one of the best known and most joyous holidays for the Jewish community.

Since today is the Sabbath, which is a sacred day, some families got a head start on celebrating the re dedication.

One candle of Albert Bensadon's menorah is now burning. He and his family lit the first candle Friday afternoon to begin the festival of lights.

The Bensadon's family is excited to spend another holiday together with traditional menorah, potato latkes, and don't forget the Dreidel.

Albert Bensadon said, "During the eight days, all the kids get all kinds of eight different gifts and everyday they'll open up with the lighting of the menorah and then the festivity with the Moroccan tea because we are Moroccan we'll drink tea, we'll eat jellies and donuts and a lot of cakes and stuff and then we'll have our traditional dinner of lamb and meats and coos coos."

This family's traditions aren't that different from someone who celebrates Christmas. Just trade the jelly donuts with egg nog and switch a Christmas tree for a menorah. Either way, the reason for the season is celebrating your religious history and being together with family and friends.

"It's definitely the preparation on the first day and getting all the menorah [lit] and the decorations around the house and getting all the gifts wrapped up for the children and have people come over."


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