Origin of HanukkahTalmudic Hebrew chanuka, literally , dedication from root ?nx, inaugurate, dedicate
a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Temple by Judas Maccabaeus in 165 and celebrated for 8 days beginning the 25th day of Kislev
also sp. Ha′nukka· or Ha′nuka·
or Ha·nu·kah also Cha·nu·kah
An eight-day festival beginning on the 25th day of Kislev, commemorating the victory in 165 BC of the Maccabees over Antiochus Epiphanes (c. 215-164 BC) and the rededication of the Temple at Jerusalem. Also called Feast of Dedication . Also called Feast of Lights . Also called Festival of Lights .
Origin of HanukkahHebrew hănukkâ dedication from hānak to train, dedicate hnk
Originated 1890–95. From Hebrew חנוכה \ חֲנֻכָּה (khanuká, “dedication, consecration”) from חָנַךְ (khanákh, “to dedicate, to consecrate”).
- The traditional red and white are on most of the wreaths, but you can also pick a blue bow that they use to represent Hanukkah.
- They are especially appropriate as birthday gifts, but can be given for any occasion, including Christmas, Hanukkah, anniversaries, Mother's Day, graduation day and any other occasion that calls for a special gift.
- Gift exchanges, family meals, Hanukkah parties, and greeting cards are all popular ways to celebrate the eight nights of Chanukah, and ecards make it easy to share seasonal greetings with family and friends.
- Get ready for Hanukkah and Christmas as the year ends, and stock up on party hats and poppers for those New Year's Eve celebrations.
- Hanukkah is another winter holiday, so if your family celebrates this Jewish holiday, consider making Star of David ornaments.