Hanukkah 2017: All You Must Know about the Festival of Lights

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The Jewish holiday Hanukkah is already here and Nexter decided to honor the fest and tell more about it. Read on to learn what you should know about Hanukkah, is traditions and history.

When to celebrate?

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday celebrated in either November or December. Its date depends on Hebrew calendar. The point is that it is based on the lunar cycle, so the dates of Jewish holidays change from year to year.

This year the Festival of Lights began on the evening of Tuesday, December 12 and ends on the evening of Wednesday, December 20.

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Source: Corbis

History of Hanukkah

In short, Hanukkah honors the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying Greek armies in Judea more than 2,000 years ago.  the Syrian king Antiochus ordered the Jews to abandon the Torah and publicly worship the Greek gods. This act provoked a rebellion led by Judas Maccabeus and despite a small army, Jews won.

 Traditions

Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah, is a celebration of the triumph of light over darkness and of spirituality over materiality. The central feature of the observance of Hanukkah is the nightly lighting of the Chanukah or menorah, an eight-branched candelabra with a place for a ninth candle, the shammes, used to light the others.

People lit the first candle on the first night of Hanukkah after that one more candle is lit on each successive night, until, on the eighth night, the Chanukah is fully illuminated. Hanukkah is also called the Feast of Lights or Festival of Lights due to the importance of the candle-lighting.

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Source: ALAMY

Traditionally on Hanukkah people give money (called Hanukkah gelt) to children. Gelt are chocolate coins wrapped in silver or gold foil.

They also play games with the dreidel—a four-sided spinning top. The Hebrew letters printed on the sides of a dreidel are an acronym that stands for the phrase Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, “a great miracle happened there”—a reference to the miracle of the oil.

Hanukkah recipes

Hanukkah fest is not only about a religion but also about tasty dishes! Some of the most popular foods include latkes (fried potato pancakes), applesauce, sufganiyot (deep-fried or jelly doughnuts), beef brisket and rugelach pastries.

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