IGG INTEREST BADGE Guide Cultural Diversity Option 06

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No 6. Celebrate an international cultural festival. (Make a Menorah, Jewish candlestick)


 Candle
 Decorative holly, evergreen and winter foliage
 Quick drying clay
 Wooden base


Hanukkah is a Jewish festival of light, which usually takes place in December. The festival celebrates the time when the Jewish community fought off the army of Antiochus who had taken their temple. When they had reclaimed their temple, they cleaned and lit a lamp to thank God for keeping them safe and helping them to accomplish their task. The lamp burned for eight days even though there was only enough oil to last one day.

In Jewish homes today a special candlestick, called a Menorah, is lit in honour of this marvel. The middle candle is used to light the other eight. During the eight-day festival, the Jewish community eat potato latkes and exchange presents.

To make a simple Menorah:
Press balls of clay onto a wooden base to make candleholders, and then decorate the wooden base with flameproof materials or evergreens.

Acknowledgement/Source: Winter Trefoil News 2017


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