Hanukkah is known as the Festival of the Lights, and it’s a Jewish celebration that commemorates the recovery of Jerusalem after the Maccabean revolt of the 2nd century. These are eight days and eight nights of festivities, gifts and wholesome food starting on the 25th day of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, often in mid-late December.

Lighting a candle of a candelabrum or menorah every night helps you keep track of the fun in a very colorful but also meaningful tradition. Rituals, prayer services and blessings after each meal give Hanukkah a spiritual feel while the tasty latkes or potato pancakes, jelly donuts and many other goodies keep everyone in a festive spirit. Remember to bring a gift and say, Hanukkah Sameach! That’s Hebrew for Happy Hanukkah!