Dates and Origins of Hanukkah

Hanukkah Dates in 2024, 2025 and 2026

Hanukkah is celebrated at the following dates:

Hanukkah, also spelled Chanukah or Ḥanukkah, is a Jewish holiday celebrated according to the Jewish Calendar. It is observed either in November or December. More specifically, it occurs on the 25th day of Kislev and ends on the 2nd or 3rd day of tevet1.


Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Second Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. According to tradition, jews would hail in the Shabbat with candles that burn with ritualistic olive oil. According to the Talmud, after driving the forces of Antiochus IV out of the temple, almost all of the ritual oil had been profaned and only enough oil remained for the menorah to burn for one day. By a miracle, however, it burned for eight days. This bought the Maccabeans enough time to make more oil2.


Hanukkah is celebrated over the course of eight days. On each of these eight days, one additional candle is lit on the Menorah until all of the candles are lit on the final night. Traditions include playing dreidel and eating oily foods such as doughnuts and latkes3. In Sephardic Jewish families, the candle is lit by the head of the household, whereas in Ashkenazic families, every member of the family lights the candles45. The candles are to be lit opposite of the Mezuza facing the street6.

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