Hanukkah

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2020 Date18 December 2020
2021 Date6 December 2021
Hanukkah (End)

Last Day of Hanukkah History

The last day of Hanukkah celebrates the 8th and final day of this Jewish observance. On this day, the eighth and final candle is lit on an 8-candle holder called a menorah. The candles symbolize light at an otherwise dark time in Jewish History.

Traditions include playing games of dreidel and indulging in Latkes (potato pancakes) and Sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts). Oily and fried foods are popular on this day as they remind Jews that the oil which powered the menorah lasted for a remarkable eight days.

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Last Day of Hanukkah Facts

  • Hanukkah commemorates the cleansing and rededicating of the Temple in Jerusalem more than 2000 years ago. Syrian king Antiochus had ordered the Jews to abandon the Torah and worship Greek gods. In retaliation, Judas Maccabeus retook the temple in Jerusalem.
  • On the final night of Hanukkah, the last candle of the menorah is lit. The lighting of the menorah serves as a reminder to those passing by of the miracle that occured so long ago when the remaining bit of pure oil burned for eight nights.
  • Hanukkah falls on a different day each year because it follows the Hebrew calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar.

Last Day of Hanukkah Top Events and Things to Do

  • Sing traditional or popular songs like Maoz Tzur or Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah.
  • Distribute chocolate gelt. Candy companies like Lofts started producing chocolate gelt in the 20th century. They are wrapped in gold or silver foil and placed in pouches. They are often given to children and used in games of Dreidel.
  • Enjoy traditional fried foods like latkes, sufganiyot, or apple fritters.

Last Day of Hanukkah References and Related Sites

www.history.com: History of Hanukkah
reformjudaism.org: Hanukkah Traditions

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