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Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of Israel on the festival of Chag Hanukkah Sameach.

About Hanukkah:

  • Hanukkah is also known as Chanukah.
  • It is a Jewish Festival of Lights that lasts for eight days and nights in honor of a 2,000-year-old miracle in which light won out over darkness.
  • It marks the rededication during the second century BC of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend, Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.
  • According to the Jewish religious calendar, Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev and continues until the second day of the month of Teslev — a date known as Zos Chanukah that is particularly holy.


Q1) What is the symbol for Hanukkah?

The most famous symbol of Hanukkah is hanukkiah, the nine-branched candlestick which is lit each night. As the story goes, one day's worth of oil miraculously lasted for eight days. That's why the Hanukkah menorah has nine candles: one for each of the eight days, and one to light the rest.

Source: PIB