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When is Hanukkah (Chanukah) Celebrated in 2016 and 2017?

When is Hanukkah (Chanukah) Celebrated in 2016 and 2017?

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 the upcoming years:

2016:   December 24-January 1

2017:   December 12-20

The first candle of the menorah is lit at nightfall of the first date listed above (for each year).

See also:

When is Rosh Hashanah in 2016, 2017 and 2018?
When is Yom Kippur in 2016, 2017 and 2018?
When is Sukkot in 2016, 2017 and 2018?
When is Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah in 2016, 2017 and 2018?
When is Chanukah celebrated in 2016, 2017 and 2018?
When is Purim in 2016 and 2017?
When is Passover in 2016 and 2017?
When is Shavuot in 2016 and 2017?
When is the Ninth of Av in 2016 and 2017?

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December 24, 2015
Off the wall question from a curious goy.
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.
Cliff Bennett
McMinnville, OR
December 20, 2015
Happy Hannaukah to all and to alla good night. peace on earth
December 14, 2015
I love the Jewish people I wish I was born into them.
December 13, 2015
Happy Hannukah!
Happy Hannukah from a muslim guy living in Canada! I love you all!
December 8, 2015
Happy Chanukah:)
December 7, 2015
Happy Chanukah 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.
December 6, 2015
To Anonymous
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. Staff
December 5, 2015
What does Hanukkah mean or what is the purpose
December 3, 2015
Happy Hanukkha to all :))
December 1, 2015
To Anonymous
We pronounce it with the 'ch' as in Johannes Bach, nothing wrong with that. Staff
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