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

When Is Hanukkah (Chanukah) Celebrated in 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:

2017:  December 12-December 20

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:

2018:   December 2-10

2019:   December 22-30

2020:   December 10-18

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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Aurelia Europe December 3, 2017

I was born in a Christian family but I never adhered to Catholicism and the older I get the more I find myself in Judaism. And also I found out I was born on 8th day of Chanukkah! :) Reply

Anonymous December 11, 2017
in response to Aurelia:

Which eighth day it always changes every year be more descriptive Reply

Chaver December 11, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

2nd of Tevet obviously. The same day that the 8th day of Chanukah is every year. Aurelia's statement was descriptive enough for any Jew who knows this - unless the gregorian calendar was what you were asking about; in which case I wouldn't know why that would matter to you as I don't see why that information would be important enough for you to go out of your way to specifically ask. Reply

Tam US December 19, 2017
in response to Chaver:

I guess I am dumb, if this year Chanukah is celebrated from Dec 12 to Dec 20 and Dec 22 to Dec 30 in 2019, how can it be the eighth day when none of the days are the same for those two years. Reply

Vulfpecker December 19, 2017
in response to Chaver:

*applause* Reply

Anonymous December 22, 2017
in response to Tam:

The 8th day is always the same on the Hebrew calendar however it changes as you stated in the Gregorian calendar. That is because it's a lunar vs solar calendar Reply

Anonymous December 22, 2017
in response to Tam:

The year she was born it was the second day of Hanukkah., not every year. Reply

samantha florida October 2, 2017

I can't wait Reply

Brett Barnett California USA July 25, 2017

Hi everyone! I may be an atheist but I will always support the Jewish, their faith, their practices, and celebrations. My whole life I've known many Jewish people, they were neighbors, classmates, co-workers, friends and even family. They've shown me nothing but kindness, love, respect (I'm gay and they never once turned their backs on me or made me feel ashamed), generosity and fun times together. No matter what happens in this world, no matter how bad things may get, I will be a proud and loyal friend to Jews everywhere. Love you guys so much, thanks for all the love and friendship you've shown me throughout my life, I will do my best to do the same for all of you!

Happy Hanukkah to you all! Reply

TY November 21, 2017
in response to Brett Barnett:

That was very nice. Thank you, Brett! Reply

Jenny Friedman Quakertown December 1, 2017
in response to Brett Barnett:

Jewish Mom of Emma & Mendel Happy Chanukah to all my family and friends! My daughter Emma & son Mendel are my blessing from Hashem. My heart breaks every day because I miss my mom. She made every Jewish Holiday special. She would include people who didn't have a place to go. Chabad of Lomita (Rabbi Hecht) along with my parents are the reason I raise my kids as observant as possible. We only celebrate Chanukah & I get negative remarks from people who think my kids are missing out on celebrating the other Holiday. My kids are Jewish & why would I celebrate anything other than the Jewish holidays? I live in an area where we are definitely the minority. I work very hard to maintain a Jewish happy home. My son had to get special pemission to cover his head at school. Very sad that people think that we don't have amazing, important & meaningful holidays. I feel honored & blessed to be raised by Chabad of Lomita. I have wonderful memories of my mom cooking & preparing wonderful foods & the rituals of the holidays. Reply

Tori December 5, 2017
in response to Brett Barnett:

Brett, you are very precious and special. Nobody is entitled to judge you, except The Creator. I’m thankful for your love to my people...
You have a very beautiful Season, filled with love, and understanding and many, many gifts. Shalom! Reply

Anonymous fef May 16, 2017

God bless you all x Reply

Mister K Boynton Beach December 29, 2016

Sounds magnificent in Yiddush. 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

Anonymous Boynton beach fl November 25, 2017
in response to Mister K:

I live in boynton beach too 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 via December 15, 2016

To Ofer 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

Hanukkah 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

Woah learned something new 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

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. Reply

Anonymous December 20, 2015

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

Anonymous USA December 14, 2015

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

Hamed December 13, 2015

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

Shawn Leesburg, VA November 22, 2017
in response to Hamed:

Bless you Mr. Hamed!! That’s a beautiful post. I wish we all would love each other living in peace. Reply

Casper Netherlands December 8, 2015

Happy Chanukah:) Reply

Anonymous USA 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. Reply Staff via 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. Reply

Anonymous December 5, 2015

What does Hanukkah mean or what is the purpose Reply

Dczn76 Gdynia December 3, 2015

Elo Happy Hanukkha to all :)) Reply

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