Hanukkah 2012 in Carrollwood and Northdale
Celebrate the Festival of Lights in Carrollwood and Northdale with fun events and delicious recipes.
This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16.
According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8.
In the Carrollwood and Northdale area Congregation Beth Am at 2030 W. Fletcher Ave. will have activities throughout the week with a special "Chanukah Circle of Songs" event on Thursday, December 13 at 7:30p.m.
If you feel like driving a little further south to Hyde Park you can take part in the Hannukah in the Park event where tallest menorah in Tampa Bay will be visible on Tuesday, December 11 at 6p.m. The park is located at 1621 W Snow Circle.
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enough oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. The oil lasted for eight days, according to the story, and the holiday of Hanukkah was born.
Today, Jews generally celebrate by gathering together with family, lighting one candle on the menorah each of the eight nights, playing dreidel and eating special holiday foods such as potato latkes and babka.
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