Why is Hanukkah Celebrated?
Hanukkah, which is Hebrew for “dedication,” is an annual Jewish celebration that lasts eight consecutive days. It is also known as the Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, and Feast of Maccabees. It celebrates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem by Judas Maccabee in 165 BC. Only one days worth of oil could be found for the rededication but it burned for eight days miraculously. This is recorded in various texts including the Talmud and Septuagint.