Who celebrates Hanukkah?


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Hanukkah is a religious holiday celebrated by Jewish people. This holiday is observed for eight days and nights and is also known as the Festival of Lights or the Feast of Dedication. Hanukkah typically falls between late November and late December on the secular calendar.

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Hanukkah, meaning "dedication" in Hebrew, commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Jewish prevailed over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C. Hanukkah traditions and rituals include lighting the nine-branched menorah candelabrum, singing Hanukkah songs, playing the driedel, and eating fried foods such as donuts and latkes. As Hanukkah has become more festive over time, Jewish children typically receive one gift for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah.

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