Last Day of Chanukah in the United States
Many Jewish people in the United States mark the last day of Hanukkah as the end of the Hanukkah celebrations. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish observance to commemorate the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom.
What Do People Do?
Hanukkah is one of the happiest Jewish events for many Jewish Americans. Many families light candles on the hanukiah, a type of candle holder, eat sizzling potato pancakes, give gifts and play with the dreidel, a spinning toy that is particularly popular during Hanukkah.
The last day of Hanukkah is the eighth day of Hanukkah. It is known as Zose Hanukkah, Zos Hanukkah or Zot Hanukkah. It is the second day of the month of Tevet and marks the day on which the great miracle of oil occurred, according to Jewish belief. It is a particularly special day because it encapsulates all of Hanukkah.
Hanukkah events in the United States include daytime or evening events featuring make popular food eaten during Hanukkah, particularly food fried in oil. There are also music nights reserved for singing and playing the dreidel, games events, as well as concerts and plays.
The last day of Hanukkah is not a nationwide federal holiday in the United States. Many Jewish schools have their school vacation fall around the same time of Hanukkah.
Hanukkah commemorates the Jewish people’s successful rebellion against the Syrians in the Maccabean War in 162 BCE. A ritual cleansing and re-dedication of the Temple occurred after the Jewish people’s victory. It is believed that there was only enough consecrated oil to keep the lamp burning for one day but the small bottle of oil miraculously lasted for eight days. Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah, is referred as the Feast of Lights or Festival of Lights for this reason.
Moreover, the survival of Judaism over the many years is also celebrated during this period. Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days between the 25th day of the month of Kislev to the second day of Tevet in the Hebrew calendar. The first day of Hanukkah marks the start of eight-day Hanukkah period. It is marked as the 25th day of the month of Kislev in the Jewish calendar. The Hanukkah period ends on the second day of the month of Tevet. It is important to note that many Jewish observances begin at sunset on the day before.
The dreidel is a toy that is popular during the Hanukkah celebrations. It is a spinning top with a different Hebrew letter inscribed in each of its four sides – the four letters form an acronym meaning “a great miracle happened here”. The hanukiah (or chanukkiyah) is a type of candelabrum that holds eight candles to commemorate the eight days that the oil burned and a ninth candle that sits apart, known as the shamash, or servant candle that lights the others. One candle is lit on the first night, another on the second, and so forth until all candles are lit on the last night.
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Last Day of Chanukah ObservancesNote: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Thu||Dec 9||2010||Last Day of Chanukah||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Dec 28||2011||Last Day of Chanukah||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||Dec 16||2012||Last Day of Chanukah||Jewish holiday|
|Thu||Dec 5||2013||Last Day of Chanukah||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Dec 24||2014||Last Day of Chanukah||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Dec 14||2015||Last Day of Chanukah||Jewish holiday|
|Sun||Jan 1||2017||Last Day of Chanukah||Jewish holiday|
|Wed||Dec 20||2017||Last Day of Chanukah||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Dec 10||2018||Last Day of Chanukah||Jewish holiday|
|Mon||Dec 30||2019||Last Day of Chanukah||Jewish holiday|
|Fri||Dec 18||2020||Last Day of Chanukah||Jewish holiday|
Quick FactsThe last day of Hanukkah marks the end of a festive Jewish occasion, known as Hanukkah or Chanukah.
Last Day of Chanukah 2016Last Day of Chanukah does not occur in 2016
Last Day of Chanukah 2017Sunday, January 1, 2017
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Name in other languages
|Last Day of Chanukah||English|
|Último día de Janucá||Spanish|
|היום האחרון של חנוכה||Hebrew|
|اليوم الأخير من حانوكا||Arabic|
|차누 카의 마지막 날||Korean|
|Hanukkah – siste dag||Norwegian|
|Chanukka (letzter Tag)||German|
Alternative nameLast day of Chanukah
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
- Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day) – Sunday, December 25, 2016