Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights

Published 22 Dec 2017, 14:32 GMT
Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights

Hanukkah, which begins at sundown on December 12 in 2017, is one of the most joyous of Jewish holidays. It's also known as the Festival of Lights and is a celebration that lasts for eight nights and days each year around the same time as Christmas.

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