On Monday, December sixth Snow College’s Student Life celebrated the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah by handing out hot chocolate in the plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To accompany the hot chocolate, Student Life also distributed dreidels with instructions on how to play the Jewish game and gold chocolate coins.
The history of Hanukkah was printed on the back of the game’s instructions, giving players a little background on the celebration. The handout tells of a time over 2000 years ago when a ruler took control of the Jewish temple and the people worshiped in ways that were not holy to the Jewish people. One unhappy group of Jewish people decided to rebel against their new leader and were triumphant. As the Jewish people cleansed their temple and readied it for rededication, they realized there was only one vessel of blessed oil left to light the temple’s lamp. Meaning there was only enough to keep it lit for one night. As people traveled to find more blessed oil, the lamp stayed lit for eight days. To commemorate this miracle every year for Hanukkah, celebrators light a candle for each of those eight nights, “a reassurance that strength, tenacity, and hope will always prevail!”
Sage Bowers said, “I thought it was super fun because I remember learning about it when I was younger so it was super fun to have my own dreidel.” Today’s event was to celebrate the last day of Hanukkah which is traditionally celebrated from November 28 to December 6.