Hanukkah facts: 10 things you may not know
Put on your Yarmulke, because here comes Hanukkah.
Starting Tuesday evening, the annual Jewish tradition Hanukkah will be in full force with presents, food and festivities galore. An eight-day festival of lights, the holiday celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, or good over evil, according to Chabad.org, and runs through Dec. 23.
But as you bust out the dreidels and stack up the latkes, here are 10 facts about Hanukkah and the Jewish people you may not already know.
1.The entire holiday is based around the story of the Maccabees who only had enough oil for one day to rededicate their temple. Long story short, the oil ended up lasting eight days and was considered a miracle. This is oversimplified, but the re-dedication of the temple was to celebrate the victory of their fight for religious freedom.
2.Hanukkah falls on a different date every year.
3.There are three ways to spell Hanukkah: Hanukkah, Chanukah or Chanukkah.
4. Around 17.5 million doughnuts are eaten each year in Israel during the holiday. According to Aish.com, the oily concoctions called "sufganiyot" are made to celebrate the miracle of oil. They look and taste just like a jelly or custard-filled doughnut.
5.Hanukkah is not the Jewish equivalent to Christmas. In fact, gifts aren't always given. The only similarity is the month of the year in which the two are celebrated, but Hanukkah sometimes starts a month earlier.
6. Hanukkah actually isn't a major holiday for the Jewish people. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are considered more prominent holidays, according to the Jewish Virtual Library.
7. Jewish people were not permitted to live in Florida until 1763. It wasn't until the Spanish were ousted from power and the British took over that "freedom of religion" when it truly became a thing in the Sunshine State. Historians believe that Jewish individuals lived in the state before that time, but practiced their religion secretly.
8. According to the latest Gallup poll, 3 percent of the population in Florida is Jewish, making it the 7th most Jewish state in the union. New York is the most Jewish state, followed by New Jersey, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.
9. More than 250 mayors across the state of Florida have been Jewish.
10. According to Hillel, there are more than 6,000 Jewish students who attend UCF.