Sunday, December 13, 2020

Hanukkah 2020: When Does It Start? How to Celebrate Safely

 Hanukkah begins this week! In honor of the holiday, we're breaking down everything you need to know about the Festival of Lights, from when it starts to how to celebrate safely with your loved ones amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Hanukkahis the Jewish holiday otherwise known as the "Festival of Lights." The holiday is observed over eight days and is celebrated with a nightly lighting of the menorah, as well as fried foods and prayer.

Hanukkah commemorates the maccabean revolt in 164 BC., when a small army of Jewish fighters called Maccabees, led by Judah Maccabee, defeated their Greek-Syrian oppressors and rededicated the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

Our favorite pop culture explanation for the holiday comes from none other than the Rugrats Hanukkah special.

Hanukkah begins this year at sunset on Thursday, Dec. 10, and ends on Dec. 18.

Or, if you're Adam Sandler, "eight crazy nights" Here's why! When the Maccabees were able to gain control of the temple, they needed to cleanse it, rebuild its altar and light the menorah — but they only had one night's worth of oil to light it with. Miraculously, the candles burned for eight nights!

The Hebrew word "Hanukkah" means dedication, and it's used because the Maccabees rededicated the Second Temple after, under the rule of Antiochus IV Epiphanes in 168 B.C., Jews were banned from practicing their religion, were massacred and their temple was desecrated

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