The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah begins at sunset today and continues Thursday, through Dec. 9.
Hanukkah (sometimes spelled "Chanukah") is known as the Festival of Lights, a holiday that commemorates Israel's freedom from the oppressive Syrian-Greek rule and the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.
A minor holiday in the faith, it gets elevated in importance because of its proximity to Christmas.
Most Hanukkah traditions take place at home. Each night, observers light a special lamp called called a menorah, they play the dreidel game sing songs. Also due to the influence of Christmas, Hanukkah has also become a popular gift-giving holiday.
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