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Jewish Holiday: Hanukkah


By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard M. Wolff - http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=67636, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5609200

By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard M. Wolff - http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=67636, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5609200

From the Hanukkah Wikipedia page:

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication 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 festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched menorah (also called a Chanukiah/Hanukiah), one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical menorah consists of eight branches with an additional visually distinct branch. The extra light, with which the others are lit, is called a shamash (Hebrew: שמש‎‎, "attendant") and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest.
Other Hanukkah festivities include playing dreidel and eating oil-based foods such as doughnuts and latkes.
Earlier Event: December 23
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Later Event: December 25
Christian Holiday: Christmas