Friday, December 27, 2013

Hanukkah


Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication. It is an eight-day Jewish holiday  commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem. Hanukkah is observed for eight days and eight nights beginning on the 25th day of Kislev and occurs any time from late November to late December.

The festival is often observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum  which is the nine-branched Menorah  or Hanukiah also with one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.