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Celebrate Hanukkah on the Beautiful Beaches of Mexico

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The glow of the menorah candles illuminates the joyful December night, marking the beginning of one of the most significant festivals in the Jewish calendar: Hanukkah. This eight-day celebration, also known as the Festival of Lights, has deep historical roots and vibrant traditions. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to celebrate Hanukkah in a truly paradisiacal setting?

In this article, we’ll explain what Hanukkah is, its fascinating history, how it is celebrated, and, most excitingly, how you can experience this festival on the beautiful beaches of Mexico.

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah, or Chanukah, is a Jewish celebration that commemorates the historic victory of the Jewish people over oppression and the restoration of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE.

The festival spans eight days and nights, during which an additional candle is lit in the menorah each day. This event, deeply rooted in Jewish history and tradition, has become a festival filled with joy and spiritual significance.

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A History of Courage and Resistance

Facing cultural and religious oppression, the Maccabees led a revolt that culminated in the purification and rededication of the Temple. Legend has it that when purifying the Temple, they found only enough oil to light the menorah for one day, but miraculously, the flame burned for eight days, the time needed to produce more oil. This miracle is celebrated by lighting the menorah for eight consecutive days.

How is Hanukkah Celebrated?

The celebration of Hanukkah is full of meaningful rituals and traditions. An additional candle on the menorah is lit each night, commemorating the eight days of the miraculous oil glow. Families gather to enjoy festive meals, including foods fried in oil, such as latkes and sufganiyot. Dreidel games and gift exchanges are other customs deeply rooted in this celebration.

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Hanukkah in the Riviera Maya

Imagine celebrating Hanukkah in a place where white sand meets the turquoise colors of the Caribbean Sea. Grand Velas Riviera Maya offers a unique experience that combines the traditions of this celebration with the luxury of a tropical paradise. To make it a reality, the resort has created a special program.

From lighting the menorah and thematic activities to tasting culinary delights themed around Hanukkah, Grand Velas Riviera Maya will celebrate the richness of this festival from December 7th to 15th.

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You and your family can participate in the daily lighting of a large central menorah. Additionally, the resort provides menorahs and candles in your suite to create a festive atmosphere in your own space.

The Azul restaurant delights your palate with traditional Hanukkah favorites, such as irresistible potato pancakes (latkes) available in the buffet. There will also be a painting and wine session, as well as an entertaining Hanukkah trivia with exciting prizes.

For the little ones, the property has prepared wrapped Hanukkah toys and traditional activities, decorating delicious cookies, and creating their own dreidel or personal bracelets in a workshop.

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In addition to the celebrations, you can relax on the stunning beaches, enjoy rejuvenating spa treatments, and explore the natural wonders offered by the Mexican Caribbean. At Grand Velas Riviera Maya, the rich history of Hanukkah comes to life in a setting of luxury and comfort.

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