The Global Glow of Hanukkah
As the Festival of Lights approaches, we're taking a global journey to discover the fascinating traditions that celebrate the miracle of the oil. Traditionally spelled “Chanukah,” we’re choosing to embrace the more popular spelling, “Hanukkah” to bring you this beautiful depiction of festive customs around the world:
01: AN ISRAELI REMINDER OF MIRACLES
The heart of Hanukkah, the lighting of the menorah, is a cherished tradition. Families in Israel light a menorah at the entrance of their homes, displaying the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days. Our beautifully crafted 45-count Hanukkah candles add a touch of elegance to this tradition.
02: A SWEET ODE TO NORTH AMERICAN GELT
In the USA and Canada, the giving of chocolate coins (gelt) is a beloved custom that can also be used as currency for playing Dreidel. These sweet treats, often in the shape of coins, celebrate the legend of victorious Judah.
03: A FEAST OF FRIED EATS IN ITALY
In Italy, it's all about the food! Fried delights, like crispy sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts) and luscious latkes (potato pancakes), are favorite indulgences.
04: AGE-OLD, FLAVORFUL TRADITIONS IN INDIA
The Jewish community in Cochin, India, follows age-old traditions with a hint of local flavor. The lighting of the menorah is accompanied by the aroma of Indian spices and the glow of beautiful candles.
05: CEREMONIAL MOROCCAN HENNA
In Morocco, a stunning tradition involves the application of intricate henna designs on the palms of women and girls during Hanukkah.
06: THE COLORFUL, HAND-PAINTED DREIDELS OF POLAND
In Poland, children play with colorful dreidels adorned with Hebrew letters. Our popular pillar candles collection can set the mood for cheerful games.
07: A RICH CELEBRATION OF YEMENI SILVER
In Yemen, silver jewelry and ornaments are a Hanukkah staple.
08: A SACRED TUNISIAN DISPLAY OF SERENITY
The Ghriba Synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia, hosts a remarkable pilgrimage during Hanukkah. Here, you'll find an incredible display of candles, providing a sense of sacred serenity that you can achieve with our unscented votive collection.
Did you notice some of your own family's traditions in the customs of these different cultures?
The magic of Hanukkah brings everyone together in beautiful and special ways. We’re happy to light up even a small part of your Hanukkah festivities as you enjoy your family time with GoodLight.
Happy Hanukkah from GoodLight.