49 Best Hanukkah Recipes – Parade: Entertainment, Recipes, Health, Life, Holidays

Whether you spell it Hannukah, Hanukkah or Channukah, it’s a holiday celebrated by Jews around the world. Also known as the Festival of Lights, it commemorates when Jews had to leave their temple after it was occupied by the Syrian-Greek empire. When they returned, they found only had enough oil to light the candelabras (now called the menorah) for one night. Miraculously, the oil lasted for eight days.

Today, Jews light the menorah for eight nights. They play games, sing songs and exchange gifts. Of course, food is involved too. The spreads involve foods that are fried—like potato latkes and jelly doughnuts—as reminders of the oil in the Hanukkah story.