Hannukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, occurs in December usually around the same time as Christmas. More than 2,000 years ago, the Maccabees defeated the Syrian army in Jerusalem. When the Temple was clean, the Jews wanted to rekindle the light in the Temple with oil. Although there was only enough oil for one day, the flame lasted for eight days. For this reason, Hanukkah lasts eight days, in celebration of religious freedom.
Many traditional foods are cooked during Hanukkah: potato latkes (pancakes), roasted meats, applesauce, soofganiyot (Israeli doughnuts), and many kinds of cakes.