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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

17th December

 There are 8 days until Christmas

 

Today is the beginning of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. The festival lasts eight days, and on each day a candle is lit in a special holder called a menorah. Hanukkah celebrates the Jewish people regaining their freedom to worship in the Temple in Jerusalem.

 

Light the Festive Candles
 
Light the first of eight tonight-
the farthest candle to the right.
Light the first and second, too,
when tomorrow's day is through.
 
Then light three, and then light four-
every dusk one candle more
Till all eight burn bright and high,
honouring a day gone by
 
When the Temple was restored,
rescued from the Syrian lord,
And an eight-day feast proclaimed-
The Festival of Lights - well named
 
To celebrate the joyous day
when we regained the right to pray
to our one God in our own way.
 
Aileen Fisher