Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish celebration starting on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. The holiday commemorates the successful rebellion of the Maccabees against the Syrian-Greek oppressors of the Second Temple and the subsequent rededication of the Temple resulting in the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days when there was only enough oil initially for one night. As such, Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev each year in the Hebrew calendar, with the first day of the festival being the same day as the initial rededication of the Temple.
When does Hanukkah start?
The exact date of Hanukkah each year depends on the Hebrew calendar; however, the celebration typically starts on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, and typically lasts for eight days. Thus, Hanukkah usually starts at sundown a few days before the 25th of Kislev, and ends at sundown on the second day of Tevet. For example, most years, Hanukkah will start on the 25th day of Kislev and end on the second day of Tevet.
How does Hanukkah continue for 8 days?
Hanukkah is celebrated for 8 days because of the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days when there was only enough oil initially for one night. The Maccabees only had enough oil to light the Menorah for one night, but it miraculously lasted for eight days, the time it took to prepare more oil provided from other temples. In honor of this miraculous event, Hanukkah is celebrated for 8 days.
How do Jews celebrate Hanukkah?
Hanukkah is celebrated by Jews throughout the world. Every night of Hanukkah, a special menorah is lit up with candles (or oil lamps). To commemorate the miracle of the oil, a special type of oil-filled candle-holder called a hanukkiah is often used, with one extra light for the Shammash (attendant) candle. On each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, one more candle is lit until all eight are lit. Special blessings are also said each night. Another traditional Hanukkah activity is enjoying special sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) which are deep-fried in oil.
In conclusion, Hanukkah is a festive Jewish holiday which celebrates the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days. The holiday begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev and typically lasts for eight days. During Hanukkah, Jews light up special menorahs with candles or oil lamps, eat special sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), and recite special blessings each night. Each year, the exact date of Hanukkah depends on the Hebrew calendar, but it typically starts and ends a few days before the 25th of Kislev and the second day of Tevet, respectively.
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