The Jewish community of Winnipeg started celebrating Hanukkah. Latkes, sufganiyot and the lighting of menorahs across the city were in the celebration.
This holiday has been celebrated for more than 2000 years, and this year there were several surprises for the residents of the city.
A Hanukkiah was lit in front of 300 people coming to the Jewish Learning Centre on Sunday. A Chabad rabbi at the JWL, Shmuly Altein, said that they are going to celebrate the holiday for eight nights. People from various communities will bring together during this period.
There was a performance by the Borzykowski Brothers, dancing and crafts for the kids, wrapped up with a car menorah parade through the neighbourhood around the JWL at 1845 Mathers Ave at yesterday's celebration.
According to the Jewish tradition, on this holiday people should eat foods fried in oil, like latkes, a fried potato pancake, and sufganiyot. This all happens due to the fact that Jewish commemorate the miracle of the Hanukkah lamps in the Temple.
For the first time in the history of the holiday, this year there was a competition for the best latkes. Four chefs from Winnipeg showed their skills and imagination and presented their variations of the dish. Traditionally, latkes are made only of potatoes, but this year the chefs surprised people with the addition of apples, zucchini and other foods that are unusual for it.
The whole celebration is built around oil, respectively, not without tasting. The people who came to the celebration were able to taste the special olive oil that was brought from Israel.
This Sunday more than 200 people came to the Jewish Learning Centre and most of them said that they liked the culinary battle very much. It will probably become part of the celebration the next year too.