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When Is Hanukkah (Chanukah) Celebrated in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?

When Is Hanukkah (Chanukah) Celebrated in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?

Hanukkah Dates

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Chanukah (Hanukkah) starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev, and lasts for eight days. Here are the coinciding secular dates for this year:

2016:   December 24-January 1

Note that the first candle of the menorah is lit at nightfall of the first date listed above (the dates for other years are found below).

If you want to know when is Chanukah, there is a good chance you may appreciate some other basic Chanukah info. Here are our top picks:

What is Chanukah?
Chanukah blessings in Hebrew, English, and audio
Full-length menorah lighting guide
The Chanukah story
Daily Chanukah calendar

And here is a video of the Rebbe, with a very inspiring Chanukah message:

Happpy Chanukah from your friends at!

Chanukah in other years:

2017:   December 12-20

2018:   December 2-10

2019:   December 22-30

2020:   December 10-19

See also:

When is Yom Kippur in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?
When is Sukkot in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?
When is Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?
When is Chanukah in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?
When is Purim in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?
When is Passover in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?
When is Shavuot in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?
When is the Ninth of Av in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?

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Mister K Boynton Beach December 29, 2016

My parents would have understood every word. I wish all Israelis today would appreciate his words. Israel was supposed to be a Jewish state, not a split state. Reply

Eric Majola Durban, South Africa December 20, 2016

Chanuka would be very special for me this year as it coincides with my 36 birthday. It truly will be a completion of a miracle heralded by Rosh Hashana. Reply Staff December 15, 2016

No, it happens every few years. Reply

Ofer los angeles December 14, 2016

is this the first time chanuka falls on two different years?? Reply

Anonymous Texas December 10, 2016

Happy Hanukkah to all. Comment what present do you want. Also what food do you like better lakes or sufganiot? Reply

Adrian Southern CA December 8, 2016

I did not know Hanukkah takes place different times each year. At least according to the modern Calendar. I did read this "Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev," so it starts the same day every year, but in the Hebrew Calendar. So interesting to know and acknowledge. Reply

Anonymous USA July 14, 2016

Thank you for being you - the Chosen people of Israel. I believe the soon coming Messiah is prophesied in all of the holy feasts of the Lord in the Torah and Tanach. Get ready get ready for your Redemption is nearer than before. Shalom forever and sha a lu shalom Yerushalayim!(forgive my transliteration?) Reply

Cliff Bennett McMinnville, OR December 24, 2015

If someone starts Hannukah on the wrong day, whose fault is it really?
I've heard various opinions:
That person's fault. He's a schlemiel.
The temple congregation for insufficient reminders/ advance notice.
The rabbi for not leading clearly enough, the congregation. Reply

Anonymous December 20, 2015

Happy Hannaukah to all and to alla good night. peace on earth Reply

Anonymous USA December 14, 2015

I love the Jewish people I wish I was born into them. Reply

Hamed December 13, 2015

Happy Hannukah from a muslim guy living in Canada! I love you all! Reply

Casper Netherlands December 8, 2015

Happy Chanukah:) Reply

Anonymous USA December 7, 2015

Happy Chanukah from a Christian brother in God. We pray protection and peace for Israel and all the Jewish people around the world. Please know that many Christians stand with you. Reply Staff December 6, 2015

Chanukah means “dedication” or “induction.” Following their victory over the Greeks, the Maccabees rededicated the Holy Temple and its altar, which had been desecrated and defiled by the pagan invaders.

Chanukah celebrates two miracles:

a) The 2nd century BCE victory of a small, greatly outnumbered and out-armed army of Jews, known as the “Maccabees,” over the mighty Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.

b) The kindling of a seven-branched Menorah (candelabra) was an important component of the daily service in the Holy Temple. When the Maccabees liberated the Temple from the hands of the Greek invaders, they found only a small cruse of pure and undefiled olive oil fit for fueling the Menorah. The problem was, it was sufficient to light the Menorah only for one day, and it would take eight days to produce new pure oil. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days. Reply

Anonymous December 5, 2015

What does Hanukkah mean or what is the purpose Reply

Dczn76 Gdynia December 3, 2015

Happy Hanukkha to all :)) Reply Staff December 1, 2015

We pronounce it with the 'ch' as in Johannes Bach, nothing wrong with that. Reply

Anonymous Highland Park, IL November 30, 2015

The correct English transliteration is Hanukkah with a guttural H pronunciation. Ch is absolutely wrong, being shown only to elicit an enunciation. Reply

Tea Czech December 20, 2014

Happy Channukah to you all<3 Reply

Arnie Lefkowitz Broward County, FL. 33021 December 16, 2014

Hi To One and All,
Welcome to America, or U.S.A. ? The land of gold or golden opportunity ?
When Passover rolls around the 5th question I will ask is, why is it that some spell it as being HANUKA and others as CHANUKAH, that is the question ?
If I were to ask for a Latka receipe, I would get a handful, so I won't ask.
Enjoy the Holiday and each others company, it all comes and goes to fast, and
only memories remain. Happy Chanukah…. Reply

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