Hanukkah, also romanized as Chanukah, and sometimes known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight day Jewish holiday which may occur from late November to late December.
The festival is observed by the lights of a special candelabrum, a Menorah, upon which one candle is lit on each night of the holiday. The holiday is considered a primary holiday with the Christmas and holiday season in the United States.
Like Christmas, Hanukkah has many songs associated with the holiday, including "I Have a Little Dreidel", and "Oh Chanukah". Adam Sandler became an unlikely addition to the group with his "The Chanukah Song" (which itself was spoofed on Saturday Night Live with Jimmy Fallon playing Sandler and adding Mr. Snuffleupagus to the list of Jewish Celebrities referenced in the song.)
Just as Thanksgiving has its turkey and Easter has its colored eggs, Hanukkah is not without its customary foods. Among the foods associated with the Holiday are Latkes, or potato pancakes, and jam filled doughnuts.
- In the 1978 special Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, it is revealed that Mr. Hooper is Jewish and celebrates Hanukkah. And in Elmo's World: Happy Holidays!, it is revealed that Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear and Curly Bear are Jewish.
- Bear and his friends at the Big Blue House learn about Hanukkah and other holidays in the Bear in the Big Blue House episode "A Berry Bear Christmas." And the song within the episode, "A Holiday for Everyone," talks about there being a holiday for everyone.
- The Sesame Street coloring book Celebrate! features Hanukkah celebrations.
- In A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, Zoot wishes Kermit a happy Hanukkah when he and the rest of the Electric Mayhem arrive at the Christmas party. In the extended DVD release, Zoot also lights a Menorah.