The first jelly doughnut in the bakeries symbolizes the opening of “Festivals Season” in Israel. During this time — seven days of vacation from school — parents are looking for activities for their kids. Unlike the summer vacation, when children can spend a lot of time at the pool or the beach, it is usually already getting cold during Chanukah. Hence, the festivals season was created.
The first Israeli festival took place in 1970. It was a singing contest for adults and children. Since then, many different festivals have been born. For the last 30 years, the most popular one is called “Festigal,” which is a huge production featuring the most famous Israeli singers and actors.
A quick search online will give you a long list of results and possibilities for shows, festivals and productions designed especially for kids — and the list won’t even include local niche festivals.
Next time you visit Israel during Chanukah, enjoy the chanukiot in the windows, and also don’t
forget to buy your tickets and take part in Festivals Season.
Baltimore Zionist District, bzdisrael.org