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Have a Happy Hanukkah with These Holiday Facts

Hanukkah Holiday Facts for You & Yours

It’s time to celebrate Hanukkah!

It’s time for the holidays! Along with celebrating Christmas, it’s also time to celebrate Hanukkah for eight nights beginning this year on December 24. With delicious foods, lots of candles, and history, we invite you to check out all you need to know about what the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

The Hanukkah Story.

The Hanukkah series of events is also known as Chanukah, and it commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts.

The story tells of how the Maccabees defeated the Greeks with a small army. As part of the warfare, the Second Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed. Found in the rubble was a single bottle of oil good to last one night. The “miracle” associated with Hanukkah tells that the oil lasted for eight days.

The story of Hanukkah does not appear in the Torah because the events that inspired the holiday occurred after it was written. It is, however, mentioned in the New Testament, in which Jesus attends a “Feast of Dedication.”

Hanukkah Traditions.

  • Lighting the Menorah. Each night of the holiday, Jewish families light a special candelabra called a menorah which holds nine candles. Each night another candle is lit, until the eighth night when all the candles are lit. It’s a tradition to remember the story of Hanukkah and the miracle of the oil.
  • Eating Fried Foods. Whether eating potato pancakes called latkes or jelly donuts called sufganiyot, fried foods are commonly eaten on Hanukkah to remember and celebrate the miracle of the oil.

We wish you and your family a happy holiday season! Join The Maria Sanchez Show in learning about Hanukkah. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST,, Channel 1.

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