a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Temple by Judas Maccabaeus
in 165 b.c. and celebrated for 8 days beginning the 25th day of Kislev
: also ˈHanukˌka or ˈHanuˌka
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Word origin of 'Hanukkah'TalmudHeb chanuka, lit., dedication < root ḥnx, inaugurate, dedicate