Timing of Hanukkah Invitations
Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar. Each year, the timing of Hanukkah varies on the Gregorian calendar, generally falling between late November and late December. Be sure to send out your Hanukkah invitations at least three weeks in advance of your event to give your guests plenty of notice.
A Holiday of Rededication
Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after a Jewish revolt against the oppressive Greek regime which had desecrated the Temple and oppressed Jews. According to tradition as recorded in the Talmud (the collection of ancient Rabbinic writings), when the Temple was to be rededicated there was very little oil for the menorah (candelabrum), which was supposed to burn throughout the night every night in the Temple. There was only enough oil to burn for one day, but it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply. To commemorate the miracle of the oil, and the courage of those who reclaimed the Temple, an eight-day festival was declared known as “Hanukkah,” which means “to dedicate” in Hebrew.
Lighting the Menorah
The lighting of candles in the menorah after dark is the central activity performed in observance of the holiday. That is why menorahs are often prominently featured on Hanukkah invitations, and why the holiday is also
known as the Festival of Lights The menorah holds nine candles: one for each night, plus a shammus, a “servant” candle that is used for lighting the others, which is placed at a different height. The first night includes the lighting of the first candle with a recitation of three blessings, then each subsequent night an additional candle is lit with a recitation of two blessings.
There is a custom of eating fried foods to commemorate the miracle of the oil. Traditional foods include potato pancakes, known as latkes in Yiddish, and strawberry jam-filled doughnuts (sufganiyot) which are deep-fried in oil. There is also a tradition of eating cheese products to honor the involvement of Judith and women in the events of Hanukkah. For a fun addition to your Hanukkah invitations, consider including your favorite latke or sufganiyot recipe for your guests to try at home.
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