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What is Hanukkah?

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Most everyone has heard about Hanukkah, however, not many people know what Hanukkah really is and why it’s celebrated.

 

Hanukkah is a Jewish festival celebrating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.

 

Hanukkah is celebrated for eight nights and days, which may happen at any time from late November to late December. The festival is celebrated by lighting a menorah, the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches. One branch is typically placed above or below the others and its candle is used to light the other eight candles. This unique candle is called the shamash.

 

Each night, one additional candle is lit by the shamash until all eight candles are lit together on the last night of the celebration. Other Hanukkah festivities include playing the game of dreidel and eating oil-based foods, such as latkes and sufganiyot, and dairy foods.

 

And that’s the gist of Hanukkah. Hopefully you learned something from this article and are walking away with a better understanding of what Hanukkah is and why it’s celebrated.

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