Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd Century BCE.
Hanukkah is obsered for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev acording to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.
The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hannukah, one additional light on each night of the holiday. It commemorates the miracle that a day's worth of oil in the Menorah lasted for eight days. (1)
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