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Hanukkah is a holiday celebrated by the Jewish religion. Hanukkah is a Hebrew verb meaning to dedicate. It is sometimes spelled Chanukah, Chanukkah, or Chanuka. Hanukkah is the celebration of Festival of Lights. This is an rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem.



Hanukkah, observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of
Kislev (the third month of the civil and ninth of the religious year, usually coinciding with parts of November and December.) according to the Hebrew calendar, known as the Jewish Calendar, (a lunisolar calendar) which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. In 2016, Hanukkah started on Christmas Day, December 25. This holiday can run from Late November to sometime in December.


The traditional Menorah consists of eight branch or candles. A new light is lit each night for eight nights. Hanukkah lights should burn for at least one half hour after it gets dark. Since candles may not be lit on the Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) itself, the candles must be lit before sunset. However, they must remain lit until the regular time—thirty minutes after nightfall—and inexpensive Hanukkah candles do not burn long enough to meet the requirement.


The dreidel, or sevivon in Hebrew, is a four-sided spinning top that children play with on this special day too. Each side imprinted with a Hebrew letter. Each side of the dreidel bears a letter of the Hebrew alphabet: נ‎ (Nun), ג‎ (Gimel), ה‎ (He), ש‎ (Shin), which together form the acronym for “נס גדול היה שם‎” (Nes Gadol Hayah Sham – “a great miracle happened there”). This dreidel game is often played after the lighting of the menorah.

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Special foods such as dairy foods and cheeses. Various types of activities also occur during the Hanukkah celebration. Prayer and blessings are another important part of the celebration. This holiday is not a Sabbath type holiday. Another tradition is giving of Hanukkah gelt. Hanukkah gelt is a form of money given to small children. It could also include chocolate coins given to children too.
Some information from Wikipedia. Also printed in the Patterson Post 2011 Christmas Newsletter with updates on this blog post.

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My name is Steve Patterson and I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I have been blogging at Courageous Christian Father since 2012, however, I have been blogging since around 2004. At church I help with the youth, van ministry, ushering or wherever else needed. Currently, I am working on my bachelors of theology. I am a father of an adult child. I work as a graphic designer. I also love listening to nothing but Christian Music. I am an Eagle Scout class of 1994. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle.

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