Sunday, December 21, 2008

Festival of Lights

A Safe And Happy Hanukkah To All!

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is the eight-day holiday, celebrating the Jewish victory over the Greeks in the mid-second century B.C.E. The word ''Hanukah'' means dedication, which refers to the re-dedication of the Holy Temple after the battle. As the Jews prepared to re-light the Temple menorah -- or seven-branched candelabra -- they found that there was only enough pure oil to last one day. The miracle of Hanukkah occurred when the oil lasted eight days.

Hanukkah 2008 Dates:
Secular Calendar:
December 21 (first candle) - December 28 (last candle)
Jewish Calendar:
25 Kislev - 2 Tevet

1 comment:

Elefanterosado said...

Happy Hanukkah! Such an amazing and special ceremony, and I love the idea of giving gifts over a period of days instead of madly unwrapping tons of them on one day. The former is a far more civilized (and saner) practice!