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Last Day of Chanukah in United States

Quick Facts

The last day of Hanukkah marks the end of a festive Jewish occasion, known as Hanukkah or Chanukah.

Local names

NameLanguage
Last Day of ChanukahEnglish
Último día de JanucáSpanish
היום האחרון של חנוכהHebrew
اليوم الأخير من حانوكاArabic
차누 카의 마지막 날Korean
Chanukka (letzter Tag)German

Alternative name

Last day of Chanukah

Last Day of Chanukah 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Last Day of Chanukah 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

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.

girl on hanukkah looking at Menorah

It is a Jewish tradition for candles to be lit during Hanukkah.

©iStockphoto.com/Pavlina Richterova

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.

Public life

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.

Background

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.

Symbols

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 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 ChanukahJewish holiday 
MonDec 91991Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
SunDec 271992Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
ThuDec 161993Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
MonDec 51994Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
MonDec 251995Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
FriDec 131996Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
WedDec 311997Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
MonDec 211998Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
SatDec 111999Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
FriDec 292000Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
MonDec 172001Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
SatDec 72002Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
SatDec 272003Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
WedDec 152004Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
MonJan 22006Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
SatDec 232006Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
WedDec 122007Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
MonDec 292008Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
SatDec 192009Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
ThuDec 92010Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
WedDec 282011Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
SunDec 162012Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
ThuDec 52013Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
WedDec 242014Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
MonDec 142015Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
SunJan 12017Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
WedDec 202017Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
MonDec 102018Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
MonDec 302019Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 
FriDec 182020Last Day of ChanukahJewish holiday 

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