29/11/2021

Chanukah festivities have begun

The Jewish festival of lights, Chanukah, has started. The eight-day long festivities can be a moment of joy and light during these darker days. This year, the festival is celebrated between November 28th and December 6th but with covid still around, those celebrating encourage each other to do so at home.

To kick off Chanukah, the Menorah, a big nine-branched chandelier has been illuminated in Antwerp. It is custom to light one candle each night. This refers to an event described in the Talmud, one of the most important books within the Jewish religion. In a temple in Jerusalem, there remained only enough oil to fuel the eternal flame for one more day. Miraculously, it continued to burn for eight days which allowed enough time to find new oil. Around the time of Chanukah, one can find one of these chandeliers in every Jewish household. Also, plates filled with latkes and sufganiyot – comparable to Berliner doughnuts – and playing with the dreidel are symbols associated with the celebrations.

Menorah chandelier.
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Another Menorah chandelier will be lighted Tuesday 30th at 16.15 on the Operaplein, Antwerp.

Text: Renske Van Hoof, final editor: Charlotte Ariën
Image: Yaroslav Shuraev via Pexels