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Hanukkah — Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication
Hanukkah, Chanukah in the Hebrew, is a Jewish eight-day celebration commemorating the re-dedication during the second century BC of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication (the Hebrew word Chanukah means dedication).
The Jews Festival of Hanukkah is celebrated in 2017 from sunset, Tuesday, December 12 to nightfall, Wednesday, December 20.
Hanukkah — December 12, 2017
Significance of Hanukkah
The Maccabees successfully rebelled against Antiochus IV Epiphanes. According to the Talmud, a late 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 of Hanukkah
Lighting menorah (the nine-branched candelabrum) candles each night for eight days. Singing special songs, such as Ma’oz Tzur. Reciting the special Hallel prayer daily. Eating foods fried in oil including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), and dairy foods. Playing the dreidel (a four-sided spinning top) game, and giving Hanukkah gelt.
GoldenTwine Informatics wishes you
Hanukkah is a celebration of the victory of the underdog, and the triumph of light over darkness.
Wishes to those who celebrate, Jews all over the world and especially in India a Happy Hanukkah.