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Happy Hanukkah Lakeridge Families!

Happy Hanukkah Lakeridge Families!
Amber Bobst


Dear Lakeridge Families,

Hanukkah begins on December 7th and goes until December 15th, 2023.

Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration that holds deep significance for many in our community. At Lakeridge, Hanukkah is just one thread in the intricate weave of diverse traditions we recognize each year. As we embark on our celebrations of Hanukkah, we will use this time to learn from and about one another by appreciating and studying the common themes that connect Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and, in 2024, Eid and Lunar New Year. By learning about and celebrating together we build belonging, foster unity and spread joy to all Lakeridge Lions!

  • Light Over Darkness:

    • From the menorah in Hanukkah to the Diyas of Diwali, the Christmas tree lights, the kinara in Kwanzaa, the lanterns of Eid, and the vibrant decorations of Lunar New Year, the symbolism of light prevailing over darkness unites our celebrations.

  • Good Over Evil:

    • Whether commemorating the miracle of oil in Hanukkah, the victory of Lord Rama in Diwali, the birth of Jesus in Christmas, the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the spirit of generosity in Eid, or the renewal of Lunar New Year, our celebrations inspire us to choose goodness and compassion.

  • Joy, Love, and Family:

    • Regardless of cultural background, these holidays emphasize the importance of joy, love, and strengthening family bonds. Whether it's exchanging gifts during Christmas or Hanukkah, sharing meals during Eid and Kwanzaa, or reuniting with family during Lunar New Year, the theme of familial joy and connection runs throughout these celebrations.

  • Prosperity and Renewal:

    • The anticipation of prosperity and the celebration of a new year, as seen in Lunar New Year and Eid, echo the themes of abundance and unity in Kwanzaa. The giving of gifts during Christmas and Eid also symbolizes shared prosperity.

We encourage you to engage in conversations with your children about the significance of Hanukkah and to share your family traditions with others. Through understanding and appreciation, we can strengthen the fabric of our community and create a more inclusive and harmonious environment for all.

Wishing you a most joyful holiday season!


Lakeridge Elementary