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When is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah (Chanukah, Festival of Lights). After the First Temple (Solomon's Temple) was destroyed in 586 BCE, a second Temple was rebuilt in its place in 516 BCE. Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of this alter in 515 BCE.

"For eight days they celebrated the rededication of the altar. Then Judah and his brothers and the entire congregation of Israel decreed that the days of the rededication... should be observed... every year... for eight days."

1 Mac. 4:56–59

Hanukkah Dates

Year Starts on Sunset on Ends at Sunset on
2013 Wednesday, November 27th Thursday, December 5th
2014 Tuesday, December 16th Wednesday, December 24th
2015 Sunday, December 6th Monday, December 14th
2016 Saturday, December 24th Sunday, January 1st
2017 Tuesday, December 12th Wednesday, December 20th
2018 Sunday, December 2nd Monday, December 10th.
2019 Sunday, December 22nd Monday, December 30th
2020 Thursday, December 10th Friday, December 18th

Other Jewish Holidays

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When is Purim?

When is Passover (Pesach)?

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