What is Hankukkah and When to Celebrate in 2023?

Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees defeated the Seleucid Empire. 

It also mentions the miracle of the oil, in which a small amount of oil that was only supposed to last for one day lasted for eight days. 

One of the most well-known customs is the lighting of the menorah, which involves lighting one additional candle each night for eight nights.

It also mentions the tradition of playing with dreidels, which are spinning tops with Hebrew letters on them, and the tradition of eating oily foods like latkes and sufganiyot. 

Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of Kislev, which is the ninth month of the Hebrew calendar. This year from 6 December to 14 December 2023.

The Menorah has nine branches, with one branch for each night of Hanukkah and an additional branch for the shamash, or helper candle. 

The dreidel is a spinning top with four Hebrew letters on it, which stand for the phrase “A great miracle happened there.”