SPECIAL DAYS/RITUAL OBJECTS – HANUKKAH
Children learn more about how their Jewish sisters and brothers live and what they believe as the theme develops. The themes are the same for all religions.
Hanukkah (or Chanukah as it is sometimes spelt), often called the Festival of lights, is an eight day festival celebrated in December. it is the only festival not mentioned in the Hebrew scriptures. it is based on a legend from the 2nd second century BC of the victory of Judas Maccabeus over Antiochus, a Syrian king who had destroyed the temple. Hanukkah celebrates how the menorah, the seven-branched candlestick, stayed alight for eight days in spite of there only being enough oil for one day. This festival is based on the story found in 1 Maccabees 4: 36-51, although it does not include the story of the lights.
Through this theme children will come to learn and understand that there are special days and that God cares for his people.