What is Hanukkah?
Hanukkah – or Chanukah – is a Hebrew word which means dedication. The festival of lights is also known as the Feast of Dedication or the Feast of the Maccabees. The starting date on the western calendar varies year to year, and in 2018 the celebrations started on 2 December, culminating on 10 December.
Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrians and the re-dedication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem around 165 BC. As the story goes, when the Maccabees began preparing the Temple for the re-dedication, they found that they only had enough oil to light the Temple for one night. It ended up lasting for eight days, and so candles are lit each night in a special candelabra called a menorah to commemorate the miracle.
On each night of Hanukkah, many people recite blessings and light one candle in the menorah. After the menorah is lit, one tradition is to spin the dreidel, a game with a four-sided spinning top, and to eat oil-fried foods such as latke (deep-fried potato pancakes) and sufganiot (deep-fried doughnuts).
How you can get involved
Families and children in particular often receive presents around this festival, which means it is a perfect sales opportunity for One4All gift cards. We know from experience that awareness in the best branches is driven by conversational selling and leaflet handouts that are linked with seasonal events. You can also share the below posts with your customers online.
Let us know if you’re celebrating and how your branch is getting involved.
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