Hanukkah in Bristol

  • SWATHI RAMASWAMY
  • UPDATED May 09, 2018
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Winter arrives and the one name that pops into the minds of the people of Bristol is Hanukkah. Hanukkah, popularly known as the festival of light, is a Jewish eight-day wintertime event. The main events are ritualized with special prayers, fried foods, and nightly menorah lighting. 

Hanukkah is a word originated from the Hebrews and means “dedication”. The name describes the event rightly as it proclaims the rededication of the Holy Temple. Hanukkah is also known as Chanukah is some parts of Bristol. 

Hanukkah is a festival which is celebrated in different countries, including Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Algeria, Bristol etc. The back story of Hanukkah takes us to the Maccabean revolt, which was done to reclaim the temple of Jerusalem. It is based on a famous tale when the Maccabees were missing ample oil to light the temple’s lantern for celebration. To honor the same, Hanukkah is lit by the Jews for eight consecutive nights.

1. What does Hanukkah mean?

What does Hanukkah mean to the people? What messages are the dancing flames of the candles convey to our heart? These messages are, Stand up and never be afraid of what’s right and a little light goes a long way. Hanukkah probes into our deepest minds and exclaims” no matter how dark it is outside, a candle of Godly goodness can transform the darkness into light”.

2. Hanukkah in Bristol : Interesting facts

Hot Chocolates for Hanukkah

It’s Hanukkah and so there should be an abundance of chocolates! The people celebrating the festival in Bristol prefer chocolates, as chocolates appear out of nowhere and just keep increasing as the game of dreidel bid goes on. With the burning of the last few candles of the menorah, comes the guilt for the creamy delicacies. Hot chocolate constitutes a significant role of a beverage in the Hanukkah as without the essence and delights of the hot chocolate, the Hanukkah remains incomplete.

Hanukkah Gelt

The outlook for today’s society is dominated by consumer driver outlook, which emphasizes a significant importance of exchange of the Hanukkah gifts. The tradition, however, is to give Hanukkah gifts of money to children. The cash gifts to the children appertain to charity as well as devotion to Torah study and positive behavior. They are given to emphasize the importance of unity of the Jewish community which is Chabad of Bristol and also to spread love to others by spreading gifts.

Hanukkah Latlakes

Latlakes are a special kind of food prepared on Hanukkah. The dish is made with potatoes, onions and matzah, which is also known as breadcrumbs. These crispy eatable are fried in oil to commemorate the miracle of the menorah oil in Jewish temples. Latlakes is a type of cuisine which has a broad origin. The food originated from the Eastern European countries of Germany, Austria, Russia, and Poland.

Free Raffles 

Raffle draws are known because it is the famous Gambling competition; in which different person obtain different tickets, with each ticket giving them a chance to win a prize. The Hanukkah and the Raffle draw party is a gala party for the people of various age groups which includes open bar, buffet dinner, Strolling Magicians for the adults. Theatre and Puppet shows are organized for the children and the grand raffle draw is held at the last night to celebrate the menorah lights on the last night of the Hanukkah. These grand bars and buffets are also available in Kosher Restaurants in Bristol.

3. Hanukkah Foods : Kosher restaurants in Bristol

Hanukkah festival food platters are filled with kosher delicacies and many sweet platters. The different foods which fall under the Hanukkah recipes are based on a single significant ingredient which is oil. Different Hanukkah cuisines include Sweet cream cheese rugelach, Strawberry jam filled doughnuts which are also known as sufganiyot, fried apple fitters, and many others.

The commencement of Hanukkah was because of the oil miracle. It so happened that the one-day oil supply sustained for eight long days. This incident created the origin of menorah the ritual to light candles for eight days and commenced the beginning of Hanukkah delicacies. This connection goes far deeper as both the menorah and olive used for lighting the candles is linked to Cocham or Wisdom.

Long years ago the Greek and the Jews fought a war to test each other’s wisdom. The Greek wanted all under their rule to study their way because their thoughts conflicted with the idea of Godly wisdom and made them forbade the study of Torah. 

The dairy products which are consumed during the Hanukkah goes by the story of a brave lady Yehudis. She lived in Bethulia, the land of Judea at the time when a war was raged against the Greeks. She forced a Greek general to sleep when she gave him salty cheese and wine when he was extremely thirsty. This gave her the time to assassinate the general and when the news spread, a disarray caused between the Greek generals and they fled the battleground. So dairy products are consumed on Hanukkah to honor the bravery of the Yehudis. All the food corners, especially the Kosher corners in Bristol serve the special food items.

4. Event on Hanukkah in Bristol: Breathtaking Fire Show

An eye-catching experience is what the fire show gives to the onlookers. It begins with a Hanukkah parade where youth parade the roads with musical instruments followed by the lighting of the Menorah and signifying the importance of the evening adding a charm to the ambience of the Hanukkah in Bristol, Odessa. Then begins the fire show where you watch a plethora of skills. A stick with both ends on fire is rotated which looks amazing when in motion and this tricks goes on advancing with the wide and amazed gaze of the onlookers.

The festivity reaches its ultimatum with merry dance to the steps of Hanukkah song.

Hanukkah in Bristol is celebrated with all its grandeur by the Jews. Happiness and aura of lights are the main concern of the festival and it is celebrated in Bristol alike other countries.

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