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Last day of Hanukkah in Canada

Many Jewish communities in Canada 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 remember the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom.

Is Last day of Hanukkah a Public Holiday?

Last day of Hanukkah is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Lighting the Menorah
Candles are lit during the Hanukkah period.
Candles are lit during the Hanukkah period.
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What Do People Do?

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. The hanukiah, which is a type of candelabrum, is fully lit by the end of the Hanukkah period.

Hanukkah is a festive period for Jewish people around the world, including in Canada. It is a time for events that involve singing and playing the dreidel, games events, as well as concerts and plays. Many people enjoy Hanukkah meals, including food fried in oil. One popular meal is potato latkes, fried in oil, to remember the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight days.

Public Life

The last day of Hanukkah is not a nationwide public holiday in Canada. 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 Hanukkah Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010ThuDec 9Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
2011WedDec 28Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
2012SunDec 16Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
2013ThuDec 5Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
2014WedDec 24Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
2015MonDec 14Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
2017SunJan 1Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
2017WedDec 20Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
2018MonDec 10Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
2019MonDec 30Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 
2020FriDec 18Last day of HanukkahJewish holiday 

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