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The Hebrew term, ‘Hanukkah’ signifies devotion. 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. Hanukkah prayers forms an integral part of Hanukkah traditions.

While the menorah is lighted the Hanukkah prayers are chanted to thank the Almighty for all that he has blessed us with. The first blessing is chanted keeping in mind the blessings of the Almighty who blessed all with his commandments and commanded all to light the nine candles of Hanukkah.
The purpose of the second blessing is to thank all the ancestors who have performed the miracle of restoring the Jewish Civilization. The third blessing is also intended to thank the Lord who has kept all alive, sustained all and enabled all to reach the season. The prayers can be summed up as follows:

Some 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."

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Prayer - 2

"Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who performed miracles for our fathers in those days, at this time." Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has granted us life and sustenance and permitted us to reach this season."

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