Chanukah – the Jewish Festival of Lights – begins at sundown tonight. On the calendar, it starts on the 12th, but because, in Jewish tradition, days begin at sundown on what we secularly would think of as ‘the day before’, it starts tonight at sundown.
So, in honor of the Festival of Lights, here is an image of a hanukiah, which is the proper name for the nine branch menorah used at Chanukah. The center candle is the ‘lighter’ candle, and is used each night to light the other candles. One candle is lit on the first night, two on the second and so on until the last night, when all eight candles are lit.
With that image, I also have the image of what is transliterated into English as Chanukah (or Hanukah) in Hebrew.
These particular images would make good stencils, perhaps for making paper for wrapping presents or to put on gift bags. I found them on Wikipedia Commons and they were listed as public domain / “no restriction on use” by their creators. To download the images full-sized, click on it.
A hanukiah - the nine candle menorah used during the Jewish Festival of Lights, Channukah. From Wikipedia Commons, and listed as public domain.
What is transliterated as 'Channukah' (or 'Hannukah') in English in the original Hebrew. From Wikipedia Commons, with no restrictions on use.
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