When is Hanukkah 2018? This year it starts on Sundays on Sunday, December 2 and lasts until Monday, December 10th.
What is Hanukkah?
Hanukkah was considered a minor holiday about 100 years ago. The holiday has not yet received the religious significance of other Jewish holidays. Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashana and Easter are even more popular vacations in society.
Due to its proximity to Christmas it has evolved into a regular occasion. This resulted in gifts being given to Hanukkah, which was usually not part of the celebration. In general, gift-giving seems only to happen in Jewish households with children. Gifts may not be given every day on the eight-day vacation either.
Eight Nights of Celebration
As you may know, the holiday is generally celebrated over eight nights. Every night a new light shines on the menoran. During this time, families also say prayers and eat fried foods. Many people are familiar with the popular Hanukkah-treat Latvian or potato pancakes.
The History of Hanukkah
The history of Hanukkah, also known as the Miracle of Hanukkah, is something that is told during the eight nights.
In 168 BC, this great temple was seized by Hellenic-Syrian soldiers. Mattathias Maccabeeus, a priest of Jewish faith, refused the demands of the soldiers and his eldest son, Judas, fought to regain control of Jerusalem. Their last endurance was at the great temple, and when they returned, they found that there was only an oil value left in the temple.
Even though there was only one day's heat of oil left in the temple, it lasted for eighth and nights. This miracle is primarily Hanukkas focus point. It is celebrated by lighting light instead of oil (one light per day).
It's just one of the traditions that links the history of Hanukkah. The tradition of eating fried foods is to remind people of the oil that burned for eight days. Another popular tradition plays dreidel. Which page dreidel lands indicates how much gel (or chocolate coin) will be rewarded.
When is Hanukkah in future years?
Hanukkah falls on another day every year. All Jewish holidays fall on the Hebrew calendar, which corresponds to the moon. As mentioned above, this year's holiday will begin after sunset on December 2 and end on December 10th.
According to the Hebrew calendar, Hanukkah begins at 25 Kislev. By 2019, this will make the holiday day on December 22 and end on December 30, making it coincide with Christmas. The following year, Hanukkah will celebrate from December 10, 2020, through December 18th.
Readers, are you planning to celebrate Hanukkah this year?
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