Free Printable Hanukkah Crafts, Games, Puzzles

Hanukkah (also spelling Chanukah as it is pronounced) is the Jewish Festival of Light for Jewish people. It begins at sundown in late November or to mid December on the western calendar. For 2012, Chanukah begins Dec. 8. It runs for eights days and ends on December 16. On the Hebrew calendar Hanukkah always falls on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar. Hanukkah is not the "Jewish Christmas." It celebrates an ancient event that took place during the Maccabeen Revolt (about 167-160 B.C. or BCE) under Judas Maccabeus. This little army was fighting to recover the temple from the mighty Syrian army. It was a pretty lopsided struggle. God caused the lights to remain lit and the oil not to run out for eight days, thus aiding the brave Jews. The lighting of the nine-branch menorah (the ninth candle is called the Shammash candle and is used the light the others) commemorates this event. This story can be found in the Catholic version of the Bible in the book of Maccabees.  Here are free printable crafts and activities to celebrate Hanukkah.  read more

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