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Hanukkah or Chanukah

 

Pronunciation: [hanuka]

 

An annual Jewish festival held in December (begins 25 Kislev), commemorating the rededication of the Temple at Jerusalem after the victory of Judas Maccabaeus over the Syrians in 165 BC (1 Maccabees); also known as the Feast of Dedication or Feast of Lights (candles being lit on each of the eight days of the festival).