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What types of food is associated with your holiday?
Traditional Hanukkah fare includes latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts). Fried foods are symbolic of the container of oil that lasted for eight days. I don’t eat fried foods because I get heartburn. I also get fat. Instead, many Jewish people go put for Chinese food on Christmas Day. It’s almost become a tradition. One reason is that Chinese restaurants are pretty much the only places that are open. Also, observant Jews don’t have to worry about inadvertently mixing meat with dairy (which is forbidden) since Asians tend to keep there food dairy-free.
Do you travel for your holiday?
No, not usually. Although sometimes we’d travel to NC to visit my in-laws before they decided to hate me. But now, they can kiss my big, fat latke.
Is it a religious or spiritual holiday?
It is a bit of both. Lighting the menorah each night is important to me. Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev each year, and lasts for eight days. Since we use the Lunar calendar it falls on a different day every year. This year, though, it begins at sundown on 12/24.
Is there a gift exchange?
It is tradition to give a gift on each of the eight days, but that’s mostly for the children.
How long does the celebration last?