Festival of Lights: Hanukkah begins Dec. 2

Heat up the latkes! Spin the dreidels!

It’s time for Hanukkah!

The eight-day holiday known as the Festival of Lights begins at sundown Dec. 2. Hanukkah ends at night on Dec. 10.

Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of the third month of the Jewish calendar. The date changes each year.

As the story goes … after Judah Maccabee’s revolt to drive the Syrians out of Jerusalem in 168 B.C., he asked for a menorah to be lit.

But only a night’s worth of oil was left. The menorah was lit anyway, and ended up lasting eight nights.

Each year, those who observe the Jewish faith light one candle of their menorah each night. The menorah usually it displayed where all can see — in a window, for example.

Of course, Hanukkah is not the most important Jewish holiday. Those include Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

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