When is the start of Chanukah 2015? See our chart of Chanukah dates—plus, some history about this festival.
The festival commemorates events that took place in Judea more than 2,000 years ago, when the Syrian king Antiochus ordered the Jews to abandon the Torah and publicly worship the Greek gods. This act provoked a rebellion led by Judas Maccabeus, climaxed by the retaking of the Temple in Jerusalem, which had been desecrated by the Syrians. In an eight-day celebration, the Maccabees (as the rebels came to be known) cleansed and rededicated the Temple (Chanukah means "dedication"). According to the Talmud, there was only enough consecrated oil to re-light the candelabra for one day, yet, miraculously, it remained lit for eight days. The central feature of the observance of Chanukah is the nightly lighting of the Chanukiah, an eight-branched candelabra with a place for a ninth candle, the shammes, used to light the others. One candle is lit on the first night of Chanukah, and an additional candle is lit on each successive night, until, on the eighth night, the Chanukiah is fully illuminated.
Chanukah Start Dates 2015
Note: This eight-day Jewish festival begins the evening of the day listed below at sundown.
|Year||First Day of Chanukah|
|2014||Tuesday, December 16|
|2015||Sunday, December 6|
|2016||Saturday, December 24|
If you celebrate Chanukah, please share your traditions below!