When is Hanukkah 2016?

Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish festival celebrated on the 25th day of Kislev as per the Hebrew calendar. Hanukkah 2016 begins in the evening of Saturday, December 24 and ends in the evening of Sunday, January 1st 2017

Hanukkah Dates
Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type
Wed Dec 17 2014 Hanukkah Jewish holiday
Mon Dec 7 2016 Hanukkah Jewish holiday
Sun Dec 24 2016 Hanukkah Jewish holiday
Wed Dec 13 2017 Hanukkah Jewish holiday
Mon Dec 3 2018 Hanukkah Jewish holiday
Mon Dec 23 2019 Hanukkah Jewish holiday
Fri Dec 11 2020 Hanukkah Jewish holiday
Happy Hanukkah


  • According to legends, when the holy temple was being rededicated, the priests could find only one jar of oil that could be used for lighting the menorah. However, it turned out that this oil lasted for not juts one day but eight days in total.
  • This is how the tradition of kindling a light for eight days became a tradition in this festival. Hanukah is derived from the Hebrew word Khanu, which means 'and they rested'.
  • Other important elements of celebrating this festival are singing of special songs like Ma'oz Tzur, reciting the prayer Hallel, eating foods fried in oil like latkes and sufganiyot, and dairy foods, playing the game of dreidel and giving Hanukkah gelt.
  • Hanukah rituals are observed throughout the eight days; while some of them are family rituals others involve the community. Special additions are done to the daily prayer service with the inclusion of a section to the after meal blessings.
  • There is no obligation during this time to refrain from activities which are prohibited on the Sabbath. People go to work as they normally do, but return a bit early in the evening to lit the flames at nightfall

Hanukkah Decorations

Hanukkah also known as the 'festival of lights' is the annual Jewish festival celebrated for consecutive eight days and eight nights. It starts on the 25th day of Kislev, the third month of the Jewish calendar and the months of November and December of the English Calendar. The festival of Hanukkah is significant as it is celebrated to commemorate the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after the victory of the Jews over the Hellenist Syrians in 165 BCE.

Given below is a whole new range of decoration ideas and some assortment that can be used to add a spark to the Hanukkah Parties held in homes, offices and elsewhere.

Rose or mixed flower strings can be hung on front doors, balconies, railings, and mantle to greet the visitors or to add to the décor of the home.

Hanukkah Decorations

Hanukkah Messages

May Hanukkah bring you Joy
and the New Year every Blessing.
Glad Tidings for Hanukkah
and a Happy New Year.
With every wish for
a very Happy Hanukkah and
the Happiest of New Years
Family and Friends
are a wonderful part of Hanukkah!

Hanukkah Quotes

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.
~Jewish Proverb
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
~Chinese Proverb
Still ours the dance, the feast, the glorious Psalm,
The mystic lights of emblem, and the Word.
~Emma Lazarus, "The Feast of Lights"

Hanukkah Prayers

Prayer - 1

"Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to kindle the light of Hanukkah."


Prayer - 2

"Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who performed miracles for our fathers in those days, at this time."


Prayer - 3

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has granted us life and sustenance and permitted us to reach this season."



Hanukkah Gift Ideas