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Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day religious holiday that’s observed by the Jewish community. Based on the Hebrew calendar, it can occur anytime from late November through late December. Hanukkah is observed for eight days and nights to commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. More than 2300 years ago, Judaism survived a conflict between Egypt and Syria, and Jewish people light one candle or oil light on a menorah each night of Hanukkah to symbolize the first Hanukkah, when the Jews lit a menorah in a Temple sanctuary that only had enough oil for one day but somehow burned through eight nights.

Hanukkah is a festive, joyous Jewish holiday. Friends and family come together to enjoy each others’ company and and delicious fried foods like doughnuts and latkes.

Children may receive gelt (Yiddish for money) or other small Hanukkah gifts each night, and many families exchange Hanukkah cards with loved ones. Another common Hanukkah tradition is playing dreidel, a spinning top imprinted with Hebrew letters. Happy Hanukkah!