Today at night, Hanukkah begins, one of the most solemn and sacred celebrations of the Jewish community. The festival is scheduled to end in the evening hours of Friday, December 18, 2020.
Hanukkah is commemorated on a different day each year and spans a period of eight days and eight nights.
The celebration of Hanukkah is often called the “Festival of Lights” which translates to “dedication” in Hebrew. As the holiday is based on the Hebrew calendar, it can be celebrated in early November. The calendar that we are most familiar with and use often is the Gregorian calendar which was introduced in 1582.
CNN notes: “Although Hanukkah begins on the same day every year in the Hebrew calendar (25 Kislev), it does not synchronize perfectly with the Gregorian calendar, so it has a ‘different’ date each year.”
Every year, Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev, which is the ninth month of the Jewish calendar, and ends on the second day of Tevet, which is the 10th month of the Jewish calendar.
According to EF, Hannukah is celebrated with “candelabra with candles or oil near the windows or doors, to illuminate the interior of the house, but also the exterior; making them visible to the people on the street and thus, remember the miracle. A candelabrum called a menorah is used, which has seven arms and a central candle known as a shamash ”.
The Hanukkah Story
According to History.com, Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of Jerusalem’s Second Temple around the second century BC, “where the Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean revolt.”
When Judea came under the control of Antiochus III, the king allowed the Jews to stay there as long as they did not practice the religion. Later, the religion was forbidden and the soldiers finally massacred several people when they reached Jerusalem. When a rebellion broke out, led by the Jewish priest Mattathias, the Jews regained control of the area. The second tempo was erected and to celebrate it, a menorah was lit.
The story of Hanukkah is not written in the Torah because the events that led to the creation of the holiday took place after it was written.
Among the most representative Hannukah traditions are:
- Play with dreidels, “a type of whirligig or spinning top with four faces, each with a letter from the Hebrew alphabet that forms an acronym with the meaning: ‘a miracle happened here’”.
- It is customary to sing the song ‘MaozTzur’, whose lyrics explain that “God cares for and protects Jews from enemies or empires who want to destroy them.”
- Jewish families often exchange gifts with their loved ones.
- Several Jewish people gather at a family dinner to eat traditional recipes such as “sufganiot, latkes or rugelach, a traditional sweet.”
Dates of Upcoming Hanukkah Celebrations
- From November 28 to December 6, 2021.
- From December 18 to December 22, 2022.
- From December 7 to December 15, 2023.
With information from the original version of our website Heavy.com
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