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Last day of Hanukkah in United Kingdom

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The last day of Hanukkah marks the end of a period of eight days to commemorate the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Name

Last day of Hanukkah

Alternative name

Last day of Chanukah

Last day of Hanukkah 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Last day of Hanukkah 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
List of dates for other years

Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah or Festival of Lights, is a time for many Jewish communities in the United Kingdom to celebrate the miracle of the sanctified oil. The last day of Hanukkah falls on the second or third day of the Jewish month of Tevet.

Lighting the Menorah

Candles are lit during Hanukkah.

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What do people do?

Many Jewish people throughout the world, including in the United Kingdom, light eight candles or oil lamps to represent the eight days that the oil lamps burned from one bottle of sanctified oil during the re-dedication of the Holy Temple. They also light one additional candle or oil lamp in case they need a light for some other purpose. The candle sticks may be in private homes, synagogues or in public places, such as Trafalgar Square in London.

Jewish people also recite special prayers and sing or recite traditional hymns. Jewish choirs may perform Jewish and Israeli songs and hymns. Families and groups of friends play Hanukkah games together. Children may receive gifts of real or chocolate money and toys.

Public life

The last day of Hanukkah is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. There may be some congestion near synagogues. Jewish businesses may be closed or have different opening hours. Jewish children at state schools can obtain permission to have time off school to celebrate this holiday.

Background

The Jewish festival of Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greeks sometime around 165 BCE. The Maccabees were a group of Jews and gained their victory after a war lasting three years.

The Holy Temple in Jerusalem had been used for non-Jewish religious rituals during the war. Following the end of the war, the Maccabees re-dedicated the temple and found a single vial of sanctified oil. This was enough to burn in the menorah, or candle stick, for just one day. However, the rituals demanded that this burn for eight days. Miraculously, the flames in the menorah stayed alight for eight days. This is known as the miracle of the oil and is celebrated at Hanukkah. The first day of Hanukkah marks the start of the Hanukkah period.

Symbols

Symbols of the last day of Hanukkah include:

In addition, children in some families receive presents or money from parents and other family members.

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Last day of Hanukkah Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
WedDec 191990Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
MonDec 91991Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
SunDec 271992Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
ThuDec 161993Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
MonDec 51994Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
MonDec 251995Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
FriDec 131996Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
WedDec 311997Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
MonDec 211998Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
SatDec 111999Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
FriDec 292000Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
MonDec 172001Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
SatDec 72002Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
SatDec 272003Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
WedDec 152004Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
MonJan 22006Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
SatDec 232006Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
WedDec 122007Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
MonDec 292008Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
SatDec 192009Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
ThuDec 92010Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
WedDec 282011Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
SunDec 162012Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
ThuDec 52013Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
WedDec 242014Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
MonDec 142015Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
SunJan 12017Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
WedDec 202017Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
MonDec 102018Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
MonDec 302019Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
FriDec 182020Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 

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