ChanukahAlso known as the Festival of Lights, this eight-day Jewish holiday commemorates a mythological battle that took place between the Israelites and the Greek-Syrian Seleucids in the second century B.C.E. Symbolic of the struggle between assimilation and tradition and between tyranny and religious freedom, Chanukah still tends to have a slightly military feel. Jews eat oily foods like potato pancakes (latkes) and jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot) in memory of the miracle of one day’s oil in the Temple candelabra (menorah) lasting long enough for replacement oil to be brought. Each night Jews light an increasing number of lights in their candelabras (chanukiyot) until all eight candles are lit on the last night. This year Chanukah lasts from the evening of December 21st until the evening of the 29th.

About.com has a spectacular list of gluten-free Chanukah recipes that draws from many members of the gluten-free blogging community. Personally, I have checked out the interesting latke recipes from the NYTimes Dining section and Epicurious.com for my own Chanukah party.