An eight-day festival beginning on the 25th day of Kislev, commemorating the victory in 165 B.C. of the Maccabees over Antiochus Epiphanes (c. 215-164 B.C.) and the rededication of the Temple at Jerusalem. Also called Feast of Dedication, Feast of Lights.
Origin: Hebrew ḥănukkâ, dedication
Origin: , from ḥānak, to train, dedicate; see ḥnk in Semitic roots