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Children of Calibre Academy celebrated the International Festival of Hanukkah on Friday 27th November 2009 (ahead of the real date of the festival). Skits were enacted showing the significance of Hanukkah followed by a Jewish dance and singing of the traditional Jewish song. Latkes the traditional food which was similar to our potato patties was also made. The entrance of the school had a befitting façade of the synagogue in Jerusalem.
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of lights is an eight day Jewish Celebrations, commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew Calendar and may occur late November to late December on the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a special candelabrum, the nine branched Menorah, one light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The name “Hanukkah derives from the Hebrew verb, meaning dedicate “. On Hanukkah, the Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Temple. Hanukkah is celebrated by a series of rituals that are performed everyday throughout the 8 day.
Dr.Mrs.Y.G.Parthasarathy was the chief guest and she got into the spirit of the dance by swinging to the music. Since it was also her birthday the children and staff of the school made her cut a cake and distribute to everybody.
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