1. We can celebrate our birthday twice a year: The first time according to the Gregorian calender we all know and use daily, and the second time according to the Hebrew calendar. You don’t have to bring us two gifts. That is, unless you really want to…
2. We eat sufganiyot (like a doughnut but without the hole and with jelly or other cream inside) for 8 whole days during the holiday of Hanukkah, and cannot be judged about it (we just follow tradition, after all.)
3. Confessions? Not for us! We have a special day, called Yom Kippur, where we atone our sins from the passing year. During this day, many of us don’t eat or drink or use electricity, and some even spend the entire day at the synagogue. The paved roads are also empty (traditionally, we do’t drive on this day,) so that children ride their bikes freely and basically no one walks on the pavements.
4. We celebrate Valentine’s Day twice! Once on Febuary 14, like the rest of the world, and the second time on “Tu Be’Av” (the fifteenth of the month Av) according to the Hebrew calendar
5. We celebrate Purim, which is the non-scary, all fun version of Halloween.We wear costumes and give each other “Mishloach Manot,” which is basucally a package of candies. Best thing about this holiday? You’re never too old for Purim!
- We have one holiday, called Lag B’Omer, where all you can smell in the air all across the country, is roasted marshmellow (s’mores anyone?) Sure, this holiday has its religious roots and traditions, but fur many of us – it’s all about sitting around bonfires until sunrise.
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