Hanukkah

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning of the... Wikipedia

  • Official name:  Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה ‎‎ or חֲנוּכָּה ‎, English translation: 'Establishing' or 'Dedication' (of the Temple in Jerusalem)
  • Observed by:  Jews
  • Significance:  The Maccabees successfully revolted against Antiochus IV Epiphanes. According to the Talmud, a later text, the Temple was purified and the wicks of the menorah miraculously burned for eight days, even though there was only enough sacred oil for one day's lighting.
  • Celebrations:  Lighting candles each night. Singing special songs, such as Ma'oz Tzur. Reciting the Hallel prayer. Eating foods fried in oil, such as latkes and sufganiyot, and dairy foods. Playing the dreidel game, and giving Hanukkah gelt
  • Begins:  25 Kislev
  • Ends:  2 Tevet or 3 Tevet
  • Related to:  Purim, as a rabbinically decreed holiday.
  • Data source:  DuckDuckGo
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