Did You Know? Countdown to Chanukah 2009 (11/30)


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Chanukah
the Jewish Festival of Lights

Nov 30 : 11 days till Chanukah

Did you know that the eight-day holiday of Chanukah falls anytime between the middle of November and the beginning of January?

The date fluctuates because Chanukah is set according to the Jewish calendar, which is lunar-based. The holiday of Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev.

Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. It also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for 8 days. Jewish people mark this eight-day holiday by lighting the menorah, an eight-branched candelabra, and eating foods fried in oil such as potato latkes and jelly donuts. Join us for a new Did You Know? each day as we count down to Chanukah.

Chanukah, Hanukkah, Hanaka — no matter how you spell it — the fun begins at sundown on Friday December 11th.

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