Did You Know? Countdown to Chanukah 2009 (12/01)

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

Dec. 01 : 10 days till Chanukah

Did you know that Chanukah is referred to as the Festival of Lights?

Chanukah begins four days before the new moon, which is the darkest night of the month. Kislev, the month in which Chanukah takes place, is also close to the winter solstice, which is the longest — and darkest — month of the year.

The only ritual associated with Chanukah is lighting the candles on the chanukiah (menorah). Like many other faiths, the Jewish holiday of Chanukah brings light into the darkest time of the year.

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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