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Winter Holidays and Celebrations: Hanukkah

Learn about different holidays celebrated around the world!



Hanukkah is a Jewish Holiday, also known as the "Festival of Lights". It is an eight-day celebration that commemorates the uprising of the Maccabees against the Greeks and the rededication of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. The common story states that the Maccabees found only enough oil to light the temple Menorah for one night. However, by some miracle, the oil lasted for eight nights (Credo Reference). 

The dates of Hanukkah vary each year because our traditional sun based calendar (Gregorian Calendar) is different from the Jewish calendar (a lunisolar calendar). However, Hanukkah is typically celebrated within the month of December.

In addition to lighting candles, Hanukkah is celebrated by eating fried foods, like latkes and sufganiyot (fried potato fritters and jelly-filled donuts), playing a sipping top game called the dreidel, and distributing gelt (money) to children.

Hanukkah 2021 will begin in the evening of Sunday, November 28 and will end in the evening of Monday, December 6.


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