Last Updated: 23rd December, 2019

When is Hanukkah 2019?

Happy Hanukkah


Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish festival celebrated on the 25th day of Kislev as per the Hebrew calendar. Hanukkah 2019 will begin in the evening of
Sunday, 22 December and ends in the evening of Monday, 30 December

Hanukkah Dates
Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type
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

 

  • 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 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.

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Hanukkah Story

Hanukkah Story has its roots in the history over two thousand years ago. Hanukkah Story gives us a glimpse into the celebration of the Jewish festival Hanukkah—Festival of Lights. It us knowledge about Jewish history, customs and traditions of celebrating Hanukkah. Read the Hanukkah Story here.



  • The Jewish people of Israel (Judea) brought gifts to God. And Antiochus the Fourth, King of Syria desired the gifts offered at the temple. But when Antiochus’ soldiers arrived at the temple the High Priest would not allow them to enter. Hence, he was replaced by Antiochus’s friend called Menelaus and his tyranny increased. His army tore down much of the city walls, burned Jewish homes, and sold many Jews into slavery. He placed a statue of Zeus in the temple and declared that the Jews could not celebrate the Sabbath or study the Torah.

  • However, when the soldiers arrived in the small village of Modi’in, a Jewish named Mattathias refused to worship the Syrian statue. Mattathias, his sons, and many of the people of Modi’in attacked the soldiers. When Mattathias died his son Judah lead the Jews. As their new leader he was nicknamed as the Maccabee, or ‘hammer’, and his followers came to be known as the Maccabees.

  • And after many deadly battles, Maccabees won. When the Maccabees returned to Jerusalem they found the temple in ruins. They smashed the remaining Syrian statues and began to rebuild the temple. As they rebuilt the temple they searched for pure oil to relight the ner tamid—light that always burned. They found only one jar of oil to burn for one day. They used this oil to light the ner tamid, but rather than burning for just one day the ner tamid stayed lit for 8 days, enough time to obtain more oil.

  • Hence, in the month of Kislev, on the twenty-fifth day in 164 to 175 B.C.E., the temple was rededicated to God. The Jews celebrated for 8 days and Judah declared the 8-day holiday as Hanukkah, or ‘dedication’, and that it would be celebrated each year beginning on that day.


Hanukkah Menorah

Hanukkah Menorah

The 'menorah' or the 'candle holder' forms an integral part of annual Jewish festival, Hanukkah. It is because of this tradition of menorah that this festival is popularly known all across the globe as the 'festival of lights'. The candles in the menorah are placed from the right side to the left. But while lighting the candles in the menorah it is done from the left side to the right. While lighting the menorah blessings are also chanted. The lighting of the candles in the menorah for the consecutive eight nights commemorates brilliantly the eight-day miracle of the Jewish civilization.

  • The menorah or as popularly known 'hanukiyah' holds nine candles. The menorah is first lighted on the sunset of the 24th day of the third month of the Jewish calendar; Kislev.
  • The eight days of the Hanukkah is represented by the eight candles.
  • The ninth one known as the Shamash which is also the tallest among all the other ones is lighted first and then is used for the purpose of lighting the other candles since it is forbidden to use the lights of Hanukkah for any other purposes except viewing.

The candle lighting process begins with one candle and increases by an additional number as the day proceeds.This ritual of lighting an additional candle every other day not only brightens the menorah but gradually glorifies the history of Hanukkah and the miracle of Judea.


Facts About Hanukkah

1. How do you light the menorah?

We light candles from left to right. First night we light candle on the right side and left side and on second night we light it on left side.


2. What is the difference between a menorah and a HANUKIAH?

Hanukkah Candles signifies the capacity to sustain intimate relations with another without totally ceding your own sense of self, the ability to love without permanently merging, to be enchanted by the exquisite beauty of another without losing sight of your own charms

The 'menorah' or the 'candle holder' forms an integral part of annual Jewish festival, Hanukkah.The menorah or as popularly known 'hanukiyah' holds nine candles. The menorah is first lighted on the sunset of the 24th day of the third month of the Jewish calendar; Kislev.


3. What do you call the candle holder for Hanukkah?

The menorah or as popularly known 'hanukiyah' holds nine candles. The eight days of the Hanukkah is represented by the eight candles.


4. What is the shamash candle?

The ninth one known as the Shamash which is also the tallest among all the other ones is lighted first and then is used for the purpose of lighting the other candles since it is forbidden to use the lights of Hanukkah for any other purposes except viewing.


Hanukkah Craft Ideas

Hanukkah is one of the ancient festivals which anecdotes the story of victory of Jews over Syrian Greeks. Just like other festivals, Hanukkah brings the family together to celebrate the festival. Above this, small things make further difference like making Hanukkah Crafts tie people close to the essence of the Jewish culture and each other. Craft for Hanukkah are activities that are delicate, engrossing, and private.



DGreetings offers a wide collection of Hanukkah Craft Ideas:

Clay Menorahs

Clay Menorahs

Material Required

  • Craft sticks,
  • Clay (one that will air dry),
  • A pencil,
  • Birthday candles
  • Birthday candle holders
Direction:

Firstly knead and flatten the clay. Then outline or trace your hands with the clay using a craft stick. After taking your two clay clad hands, overlap the thumbs and press the hands together. Now place the clay hands up so that fingers are facing upwards towards the ceiling. Then take your pencil and create a hole at the top of each fingerprint. Put small birthday candle holders in holes in the tops of the clay fingerprints. So, there will be eight fingerprints for eight candles- for every night of Hanukkah (as Hanukkah is an eight day celebration). When the menorah dries up you can paint the menorah if you want.


Dreidels

Dreidels from Milk Carton

Materials Required

  • Masking tape
  • 1 small, single size paper milk carton
  • Kitchen knife
  • Acrylic paint
  • Glitter pen or white craft glue and loose glitter
  • 1 Popsicle stick
Method:

Firstly wash thoroughly the empty milk carton container. Dry it with a kitchen towel. Shut the opening of the container with a small piece of masking tape. Using a kitchen knife cut a small incision just to let the Popsicle stick into the bottom centre of the milk carton. Paint the entire milk carton with the color of your choice. If the paint looks streaky, paint another coat. Wait till the paint is completely dry and then write the letters Nun, Gimel, Hay and Shin with glitter pens or craft glue and loose glitter to the four sides of the dreidel, one letter on each side.


Hanukkah Gift Baskets

The holiday of Hanukkah or Feast of Lights lasts for eight days during which candles are lit and special donuts are eaten. It occurs in December. The ethnic and traditional Hanukkah gift for kids are wooden Dreidels—a special four-sided top for luck. It is also mandatory to give money in coin to enable dreidel playing.

Apart from this, Hanukkah Gift Baskets are also excellent for this celebration event. When you want a special gift then take a look at these different Hanukkah Gift Baskets:

Sweet Celebrations Gift Basket

This is a sweet celebrations basket perfect for gift giving. It contains raspberry chocolate chip cookies, delicate tea cookies, chocolate cream filled cookies from Israel, melt-in your mouth shortbread cookies, teapot-shaped sugar cookies, jam preserves. This Gift Basket is presented in a reusable tartan-covered willow picnic basket.


Kosher Gift Basket

Kosher Gift Basket

A just fulfilling gift basket for everyone. This gift basket contains a traditional heavy silver-plated Kiddush cup and saucer. Presented in hand woven basket, this contains food like small wood tea chest of Wissotsky teas from Israel, liquor cake, assorted jam preserves, chunks of handmade toffee, unique raspberry, caramel and chocolate-filled walnut cookies, chocolate-filled wafer rolls, cream-filled Allegro and wafer roll cookies from Israel, fat-free toasted water crackers, gourmet chocolate chip cookies, and caramel and walnut toffees.


Gourmet Gift Basket

Gourmet Gift Basket

Make a grand impression with this extra large Hanukkah Gift Basket that is rim filled with tangy cherries enveloped in rich Belgian chocolate and cream. Also includes almond, savory biscotti, Mexican pistachios, Barton’s assorted chocolates, flaky homemade rugelach, cream-filled cookies from Israel, toasted marzipan, fruit marzipan, vegetable caviar spread, vanilla cookies, walnut cookies, low fat gourmet crackers, Wissotzky teas from Israel, shortbread cookies, wafer rolls, milk chocolate dreidle, and bags of chocolate Hanukkah coins.


Hanukkah Snack Basket

This Hanukkah Gift Basket is for evening snacks for all. It contains flavored bottled Tea, Wafers, Shortbread Cookies, Gourmet Cookies, and Gourmet Cappuccinos—all displayed in a classic round cocoa midrib bowl basket that looks fascinating and alluring.


Hanukkah Messages

The spin of the deidel, the warm candlelight, May your Hanukkah be happy, healthy and bright. Happy Hanukkah
Here's wishing you Hanukkah shines with Joy, love and luck in abundance... Happy Hanukkah
The spin of the dreidel, the warm candlelight,
May your Hanukkah be happy, healthy and bright.
Happy Hanukkah!
Wishing you a Happy Hanukkah touched with wonder and filled with love.
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Hanukkah Quotes

Blessed are you, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who has sanctified us with your commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanullah.
~Unknown
Warmth of joy glow of prosperity, sparkle of happiness... may you be blessed with all these and more.
~Unknown
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"
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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."

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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."

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Hanukkah Cards

Hanukkah Gift Ideas