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Hanukkah (Day 1) in Israel

The first day of Hanukkah marks the start of Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah or Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish observance that remembers the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom.

Is Hanukkah (Day 1) a Public Holiday?

Hanukkah (Day 1) is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

On the first day of Hanukkah, only the shammash and the first candle are lit.

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About Hanukkah (Day 1)

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Hanukkah (Day 1) Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2016SunDec 25Hanukkah (Day 1)Observance, Hebrew
2017WedDec 13Hanukkah (Day 1)Observance, Hebrew
2018MonDec 3Hanukkah (Day 1)Observance, Hebrew
2019MonDec 23Hanukkah (Day 1)Observance, Hebrew
2020FriDec 11Hanukkah (Day 1)Observance, Hebrew
2021MonNov 29Hanukkah (Day 1)Observance, Hebrew
2022MonDec 19Hanukkah (Day 1)Observance, Hebrew
2023FriDec 8Hanukkah (Day 1)Observance, Hebrew
2024ThuDec 26Hanukkah (Day 1)Observance, Hebrew
2025MonDec 15Hanukkah (Day 1)Observance, Hebrew
2026SatDec 5Hanukkah (Day 1)Observance, Hebrew

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