Happy Hanukkah

Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights. It is celebrated for eight days, in honor of the miracle of the oil that lasted eight days in the Holy Temple. On each day, Jews light candles on a nine-branched candelabrum, starting with one candle and adding one more each day. The candle used to light the other candles is known as the shamash. Blessings over the candles are chanted and festive songs are sung. Even though it is considered to be a minor Jewish holiday, it has become more wildly known because it falls close to Christmas. 

To wish someone a Happy Hanukkah, say “Hanukkah Sameach!” (Happy Hanukkah). Since I can not pronounce that, I'll just stick with Happy Hanukkah.

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