Hanukkah literally means dedication in Hebrew. This special holiday is a celebration of triumph over years of trial and great affliction. Decorating for Hanukkah is one way to show the significance of the holiday.
There are several Hanukkah decorations which have special significance to the Hanukkah celebration. The most recognizable symbol of Hanukkah is the Hanukkah menorah or the chanukkiyah. The Hanukkah menorah is a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the entire Hanukkah holiday. The ninth candle holder, also known as Shamash is used for the candle that will light all other candles. The menorah is placed in an open space of the house (window or door) to show the people the symbol of the miracle that happened years ago when an oil lamp with just enough fuel for a day lasted for 8 days.
Another Hanukkah popular item is the dreidel. The dreidel is a four-sided spinning top played during the holiday of Hanukkah. Hebrew letters are engraved on each side of the top forming an acronym for the phrase “a great miracle happened there,” referring to the miracle of the oil that burned for 8 days at the Temple.
Hanukkah wreath which is a new addition to the Hanukkah decorations is a variation of the traditional Christmas wreath. Wreaths add a special touch to the Hanukkah celebration. Although wreaths don’t have historical significance, it offer color in doors and walls. Hanukkah wreaths can be designed using white and blue roses or lilies or white and red ribbons, dreidels or bows.
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