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At the end of the year there are so many diverse holidays taking place, celebrating amazing stories, communities, and people. Hanukah is one such holiday taking place this year between Sunday 18th November and Monday 6th December, and we want to not only celebrate it but also have more fun with crafts while doing so.
Hanukkah is the Jewish festival of lights, that reminds Jewish people of a time over 2,000 years ago when the Jews won a battle against the Greeks to practice their religion freely. The Greeks banned all Jewish rituals, so a small group of Jews called the Maccabees fought against them and won after 3 years of hard toil. However, through all the fighting their temple was destroyed. The Maccabees cleaned and repaired the temple and to celebrate lit an oil lamp. The oil should have only lasted for one day, but it miraculously burned for eight days – this is why Hanukkah lasts eight days, and why light and oil are central to the celebration.
One of the defining characteristics of Hanukkah is the menorah which has eight lights or candles in a row, with the ninth light in the middle raised above the others. This light is called the shamash, a ‘servator’, and it symbolically differentiates the eight holy flames from other light sources.
For those of the Jewish faith, this craft is not only a celebration of the festival but also something fun for the whole family.
To join in the celebrations, you will need:
- 8 small glass jars – spice jars should be the perfect size
- 1 large glass jar
- A funnel
- Coloured sand
- Silver straws
- Yellow grosgrain ribbon
- Using the funnel, pour the coloured sands into the jars one colour at a time. You can alternate the colours and amounts you add, and even slant the jars as you pour to create beautiful designs.
- Cut the silver straws into 9 pieces, each 10cm tall.
- Cut grosgrain ribbon into 9 pieces and them push into and out of the straw, to create the look of a flame.
- Put the straws into the sand and arrange the jars in the correct order, with the shamash in the middle.
Putting aside time to remember our communities is so important, especially if it can be celebrated together through the joy of creating. To expand your crafting with the ones you love, explore the range of AAaH kits to find a range of artist created kits that are accessible, supportive, and reusable. We will see you tomorrow for more 12 days of crafting posts!