What with all the Christmas malarkey kicking off all over the capital, it could be easy to forget that there are a lot of people who won’t actually be celebrating the birth of Jesus this week. Today, London’s Jews will be breaking out the candles for the first day of Hanukkah (Chanukah, Hannuka, spell it how you like), the eight day festival of lights where a candle is lit every night at sundown to represent the holy oil that miraculously burned for eight days after Judas Maccabaeus liberated the Temple in Jerusalem. To celebrate, Jews all over the world will be lighting the menorah (candelabra), eating fried foods such as doughnuts and potato latkes, spinning dreidels (the toy pictured above) and exchanging presents. In honour of the first day, today will be a Hanukkah takeover on the blog with a day full of festivities. Behind the scenes at Blog Towers, you can be rest assured that I will be eating Hanukkah gelt (chocolate money), stuffing my face on doughnuts and singing up a storm. Oi Vay. I suggest you all join me. Sonya Barber
So happy Hanukkah, Christmas, Christmakah, Hanukamas, in fact, just happy holidays one and all.