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What is Chanukah?
The Hebrew word, "Chanukah" ("Dedication"), also known as the Festival of Lights, is observed for eight days and commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt in 165-164 BCE. Chanukah is observed 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 lighting candles in a unique candelabrum, a nine-branched Menorah, adding one additional light on each night of the holiday, until all are lit by the last night. Some families also give gifts to each other each night.