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Can someone explain Hannukah to me and how it's celebrated?

The only thing I think I know is that you get a gift every day for 8 days and that the celebration started on Friday. I'd love to learn more about it.

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:36 AM on Dec. 14, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Hanukkah is a celebration of light. It's celebrating the "Miracle of Light" according to Blues Clues anyways... It celebrates a lamp that only had enough oil to burn for one night and it burned for 8... I am not really par on my Jewish traditions, but here is a great place to find out...

    Hope you get better answers! But that article is full of good stuff!

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:45 AM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • It is essentially a celebration of a war victory. There is fantastic information here:


    Answer by rkoloms at 11:57 AM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • It is not "essentially a celebration of a war victory" - that is a very secular view of the holiday. Chanukah is a celebration of G-d's goodness and the miracle He provided to the Jewish people by causing only one day's worth of holy oil to last for the needed eight days for more holy oil to be brought to the re-sanctified Temple. Yes, there was a war and that war was a very important happening, but the celebration of Chanukah has very little to do with the war itself. Chanukah is a celebration of G-d's love for his children and the miracle He provided for them by making the oil to last so long.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:12 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • Thanks anon 1:12 - so is it correct that kids get 1 gift per day for 8 days? and when does it start? is it the same day every month like Christmas?

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:37 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • It begins on Sundown Friday and ends in 8 days on sundown. Hanakkuh began this year on Sundown Friday the 11th and will end Sundown Fri or Sat of this weekend.
    Yes it is the celebration of the Festival of Lights.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 1:55 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • No it happens during the 25th Kilsev in the Hebrew Calendar and between late Nov to late Dec in the Gregorian Calender

    Yes each child gets a gift for 8 days

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 1:57 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • The truth of the matter is that it is a holiday that celebrates a military victory over the Syrian Greeks. At some point the Rabbis were unhappy that the focus was on people and not G-d. They invented the whole miracle of the oil to return the focus to G-d. The Hebrew word Hanukkah means 'to dedicate.' The celebration is to remember that the Jews won a victory over the Syrian Greeks and drove them out of Jerusalem. They were able to rededicate the Temple to Judaism. The story of the lights is nice, but it isn't true.

    When Jewish groups here in America saw the gift giving tradition they decided to incorporate that with the Hanukkah celebrations. Hanukkah is not about giving gifts. It is about remembering the struggles of our ancestors. It is traditional in this country now to give each person one gift for each night of Hanukkah. We keep the gifts very small and simple.

    Answer by Marwill at 7:08 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

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