Hanukkah: Food and crafts for the festival of lights

  • Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days in November/December. An important part of the festival is the Channuka candlestick, on which a candle is lit every day.
  • Particularly traditional dishes are served on Hanukkah. For example, latkes, which are reminiscent of potato pancakes, or sufganiyots, which are filled with jam and fried in oil.
  • The dreidel game is also particularly popular on Hanukkah. The game is based more on luck than skill, but is still popular among young and old alike.

Hanukkah crafts

Hanukkah, also known as Hanukkah, is a Jewish festival of lights celebrated by Jews around the world around the same time as the Christian Christmas each year. The HanukkahThe festival begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislevwhich according to the German calendar corresponds to November or December, and extends over 8 days. At this time, the entire family comes together to celebrate, play and eat in a festively decorated house.

On the evenings of the holidays, family and friends come together to celebrate, including to celebrate Hanukkah customs. To the typical festival dishes prepared in oil Examples include donuts (Sufganiyot) or potato pancakes (Latkes).

Also is that Hanukkah menorah (also called menorah) an important component of the festival. The candlestick has eight arms, each with a candle on it. One more light is lit each day of the festival, so that on the last evening of Hanukkah all eight candles are lit.

A notice: Interestingly, the Hanukkah menorah does not have a traditionally defined shape and can therefore be imaginatively crafted and designed.

At Heimwerker.de we have put together some traditional Hanukkah recipes and craft instructions. We hope you have fun imitating it.

1. Traditional Hanukkah Food: Latkes, Sufganiyots, and More


Traditionally, oily foods are served on Hanukkah.

Be on Hanukkah traditional Jewish food and dishes are served. From classic latkes to dough balls to sufganiyot and marshmallow sweets: the savory and sweet dishes are eaten together with the family on Hanukkah.

Latkes are Also known in this country as potato pancakes, which are served as a main course with onions and sour cream or for dessert with apple sauce. The so-called Sufganiyot contain delicious jam and are reminiscent of filled doughnuts.

If you want to make the traditional dishes yourself, you will first find a recipe for potato latkes with applesauce here and then other Hanukkah recipes for classic dishes and variations.

1.1. Recipe: Potato Latkes with Applesauce

Preparation: about 30 minutes
Cooking time: about 20 minutes
portions: approx. 15 pieces

Ingredients Aids
  • 160 g potatoes (floury)
  • 160g apples
  • 1 onion
  • 3 eggs
  • 60g flour
  • 120ml water
  • some sugar
  • oil for frying
  • cooking pot
  • Pan
  • grater
  • Masher
  • tea towel
  • kitchen paper
  1. Peel apples, potatoes and onions.

    Hanukkah latkes recipe

    Latkes can be served savory with sour cream or sweet with applesauce.

  2. Dice the apples and cook with a cup of water on a low heat for about 30 minutes. While cooking, mash the apple pieces with a masher. Sweeten with sugar or sweetener if desired. Refrigerate after cooking.
  3. Grate the potatoes finely and then squeeze out the liquid with a clean tea towel.
  4. Grate onions and add to the grated potatoes. Whisk eggs, also add salt and flour.
  5. Heat a generous amount of oil in a pan and add about a tablespoon of batter to the pan. (Latkes should be about 1 centimeter thick.) Fry flatbreads for about 2 minutes of each color until golden brown.
  6. Place the finished latkes on kitchen paper to drain.
  7. Latkes are traditionally served with applesauce or sour cream. Bon appetit!

1.2. More Hanukkah recipes

2. Craft instructions for Hanukkah

2.1. The dreidel game on Hanukkah

Hanukkah craft dreidel

The dreidel game is traditionally played by the whole family on Hanukkah.

Playing with the dreidel is very popular during Hanukkah. The Dreidel is a four-sided spinning top, on the sides of which are the Jewish characters Nun, Gimel, Hey and Shin. These stand for the initials of the Hebrew phrase Nes Gadol Haja Sham (“A great miracle happened there”).

In the game, however, they stand for “Nothing”, “All” or “Everything” and “Set”. The dreidel is turned one after the other and the side on top indicates the profit.

At Nun you are not allowed to put any money in the till or use it. With Gimel, the player wins all the money in the middle. On the other hand, with Hej he only receives half of the cash and has to put some of his money into the cash register with Schin. Players who can no longer donate money are eliminated from the dreidel game.

Since the game is so popular, it’s no surprise that this Spinning tops are also made as decorations for Hanukkah. Below you will also find instructions on how to make your own dreidel.

2.2. Make Hanukkah dreidels

3. Other craft instructions for Hanukkah

3.1. Make Hanukkah candlesticks

3.2. Craft instructions for various Hanukkah decorations

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