A Hanukkah pattern has been added to the Stitching Cards pattern collection

Saturday 18 October 2008

Following a request from a customer I have designed a Hanukkah pattern. It is available for purchase from the Stitching cards web site. The card features a menorah with lighted candles and the words Happy Hanukkah.

Happy HanukkahAlso known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday. It starts on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, and may occur from late November to late December on the Gregorian calendar. This year Hanukkah begins at sundown on the evening before December 22, 2008 on the Gregorian calendar.

The festival is observed by lighting candles on a special candelabrum called the Menorah. One candle is lit on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. An extra candle called a shamash, (Hebrew for “guard” or “servant”) is also lit each night, and is given a distinct location, usually higher or lower than the others. The extra candle is used to light the other candles so as to keep to the veto, specified in the Talmud, against using the Hanukkah lights for anything other than publicizing and meditating on the Hanukkah story.

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