What is Hanukkah and why is it celebrated?


Hanukkah 2020 celebrations! Get All information about the Holiday; why, where, when in 2020?

Hanukkah is coming! You indeed need to do some preparations: before the celebration starts, like buying the perfect Hanukkah gift, hanging your favorite holiday decorations, and determining a holiday menu for use throughout the week. But before doing this, you need to choose the data correctly. Since Hanukkah changes date every year, it is essential to mark the calendar for proper planning. In advance, we outlined when Hanukkah will fall in 2020. Hanukkah begins at sunset on Thursday, December 10. Learn about the history, customs, and some traditional recipes of Hanukkah!

Trivia about the history of Hanukkah and why it is on different dates each year.

Hanukkah (also known as “Chanukkah”) is a winter Festival of Jewish called Feast of Lights that starts every year on the 25th of Kislev’s Jewish period and lasts for eight days. Since the Hebrew calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the Jewish Holi dates change according to the Gregorian calendar. Therefore, the start time of Hanukkah can be from late November to late December. In brief, Hanukkah memorializes the Jerusalem Temple’s rebuilding after Jewish warriors defeated the Greek army. This festival celebrates the victory of light over darkness and spirituality over materiality. Aeromexico Reservations  serves direct flights to Israel, so you can visit yourself to learn Hanukkah’s history. 

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  • Judas Maccabeus initiated the celebration in 165 BC to commemorate his victory over the Seleucus King Antiochus IV Epiphany, who invaded Judaism and tried to outlaw Judaism S. Celebrate the holiday every night by lighting a candlestick, reciting special prayers, and eating delicious food.
  • This holiday is to commemorate the events in Judea 2000 years back when King Antiochus, the king of Syria, commanded the Jews to surrender before the law and publicly admire the Greek gods. 
  • A rebellion led by Judas Maccabeus was provoked because of this act. 
  • The temple in Jerusalem was desecrated by the Syrians and reoccupied climax. Despite the small numbers, the Jewish army won. 
  • During the eight-day celebration, the “Maccabees” (known as rebels) cleaned and reused the temple. 
  • In the state of Talmud, only enough consecrated oil can reignite the candlestick for one day, but miraculously, it can still light up for eight days.

How is Hanukkah celebrated?

The main feature of observance is the night lighting of the Chanukiah or candlestick, which is an eight-branch candlestick with a ninth candle (dummy) placed on it to illuminate other candles. Light one candle on Hanukkah’s festival the first night, and then light added candles on each successive night until Chanukiah is fully illuminated on the eighth night. Due to candlelight’s importance, Hanukkah is also called the festival of lights or the Feast of Lights.

Basic Customs Followed in Hanukkah

The consumption of gifts is not a custom; candles in candlesticks evoke miracles and focus on this religious purpose. Traditionally, money is donated to charities, and candle money is donated to charities every day. This is because even the poor have the money to buy candles to come together from house to house without being ashamed. Hanukkah is also used to giving children money (called Hanukkah gel) and playing games with a spinning toy on all sides. The letters printed on the gyroscope’s side are acronyms in Hebrew, representing the slogan that means a great miracle happened there,” which refers to the oil miracle.

When will Hanukkah start in 2020?

This year, Hanukkah will begin on the evening of December 10, 2020 (Thursday). It will end on Friday, December 18, 2020. It starts on every 25th day of the ninth month of Kislev in the Jewish calendar and ends on the second day of the tenth month of Tevet.  Explore the Lufthansa reservations zone, fly to Israel, and learn more about customs. And more things to do on Hanukkah this year.