A funny Hanukkah meme has been going viral on Twitter that’s actually spreading a very important message. What does ‘pass the latkes not the Covid’ mean?

Hanukkah has just begun, but due to the coronavirus, it’s set to be a little different this year. Most of the UK is in either Tier 2 or Tier 3, which means social gatherings are limited to just people from your own household, and many large-scale Hanukkah festivities won’t be taking place.

Many social media users are sharing a hilarious Hanukkah-related meme urging others to be careful and not spread the virus during the festival. Here’s the ‘pass the latkes not the Covid’ meme explained!

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‘Pass the latkes not the Covid’ meme goes viral on Twitter

Over the past few days, a meme has been going viral on Twitter surrounding the phrase ‘pass the latkes not the Covid’.

People have been tweeting the phrase, sharing photos containing the line and even creating their own GIFs.

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But what does the meme actually mean?

‘Pass the latkes not the Covid’ meaning explained

‘Pass the latkes not the Covid’ is a meme that related to Hanukkah.

The Jewish festival started on Thursday, December 10th and lasts for eight days. Also known as the festival of light, it commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

There are many traditions associated with Hanukkah such as lighting a candle every night and playing the game of dreidel. The food eaten during Hanukkah is also significant, one of the most popular dishes being latkes.

Latkes are shallow-fried pancakes made of potatoes, and the word ‘latke’ simply means ‘pancake’ in Yiddish. Grated or ground potato is usually combined with eggs, flour and onion to make the pancake and served with apple sauce or sour cream.

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The ‘pass the latkes not the Covid’ meme combines the traditional dish eaten during Hanukkah with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It urges others to ‘pass the latkes’ rather than infecting others with Covid-19 whilst they are celebrating the festival with their loved ones.

As Covid cases continue to rise around the world, it’s important for people to find ways to celebrate religious festivals and special occasions safely.

By Ellissa Bain – [email protected]

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