Flory Jagoda’s Ocho kandelikas is her reconstruction of a traditional Sephardi tune version for this Ladino text, which is sung here according to the rendition she notated in the regional Balkan dialect once prevalent in Sarajevo and its environs. For her, this was a personal childhood recollection of Hanukka celebrations, when on each night of the festival there were matchmaking parties. Parents planned or tried to plan the future weddings of their children, who were spending the evening singing and dancing. Traditional almond honey cakes known as pastelikos were served as symbols of good (sweet) fortune in that endeavor, and of successful, rewarding, and enduring matches.
Words: Flory Jagoda
Sung in Ladino
Beautiful Hanukka is here,
Eight candles for me.
One candle, two candles, three candles
Four candles, five candles, six candles
Seven candles, eight candles for me.
I will give many parties with happiness and pleasure.
I will eat little the little cakes with almonds and honey.
Performers: The Western Wind