25 Facts About Hanukkah You Might Not Know

How much do you know about Hanukkah? Do you know why the menorah has 9 candles? Or why Jewish people eat fried foods like latke? Get ready to learn about Hanukkah’s history and how it became such a widely celebrated holiday. (It wasn’t always as popular as it is today!) These are 25 Facts About Hanukkah You Might Not Know!


Hanukkah celebrates the military victory of the Maccabees, an army of Jewish rebels, when they took back the Temple from the Syrian-Greeks.

MaccabeesSource: history.com

The holiday lasts 8 days because when they re-conquered the temple, the Maccabees lit a lamp. They only had oil for one day, but it burned for eight!

lampSource: history.com


The Torah doesn't actually mention Hanukkah.

torahSource: history.com

Since there isn't any exact way to recreate the Hebrew sounds in English, there are numerous ways of spelling Hanukkah (Hannuka, Chanukah, etc).

happy hanukkahSource: huffingtonpost.com


The Jewish religion puts more emphasis on holidays like Passover and Rosh Hashanah.

JewishSource: huffingtonpost.com

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