Hannukah 2010: Festival of Lights Begins Tonight


Hannukah 2010 begins tonight Wednesday, December 1. Hanukkah ends at sundown on Thursday, December 9. Tonight is the first night of the Jewish festival of lights.

To find out more about the Festival of Lights click after the jump!

Festival of Lights is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.

The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of 9 branches.

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