When Is The First Day Of Hanukkah ?  

Hanukkah is celebrated on the 25th of Kislev as per the Jewish calendar. It lasts for 8 days, and it is celebrated by lighting candles on the Menorah. Ritualistic blessings are followed by lighting candles on the special candelabrum is practiced to commemorate the re dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. It marks the victory of the Jews against the monarchy of Syria. Their rebellion led to Jewish victory and the subsequent downfall of the Syrians in the Maccabean War.

The Second Temple was cleansed in 162 BCE. The Jewish Holy Priest decided to light the Menorah signifying the victory. He discovered a small flask that contained olive oil. He wanted to use the oil to light up the Menorah but realized that the oil was adequate only for a single night. However, the oil was sufficient to keep the Menorah lighted for eight consecutive nights. This miraculous incident led to the customary lighting of lamps on eight consecutive nights. This is also called the “Festival of Lights” for the same purpose.

Jews prepare different foodstuffs using olive oil. Potato-fried pancakes called latkes are mandatory. Other dishes include doughnuts called sufganiot, a hard bread called mandelbrot and rugelach, a pastry with different types of fillings inside. Inclusion of dairy products is a necessity. They also play the traditional dreidel. Parent’s often surprise their kids with small gifts. The custom of presenting gifts is a latest addition. The ancient Jews did not present or receive gifts during Hanukah. The US declares the 1st day of the festival as a public holiday.

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When Is The First Day Of Hanukkah ?





History-Of-Hanukkah      Hanukkah is an 8-day Jewish festival celebrated from twenty-fifth day of Kislev (Hebrew calendar). In the Gregorian calendar, it is celebrated from late November to the end of December in order to commemorate the re dedication of the second Jewish Holy Temple at Jerusalem. It is also famously called the “Festival of Lights” because people light candles for eight consecutive nights during this festival. More..




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