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Happy Hanukkah.

Happy Hanukkah from The Rose Weddings Photography.

Hanukkah commemorates the eight day re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, following a revolt by the Jewish people after Judaism had been outlawed and the temple had been converted to an altar to worship the Greek God, Zeus. Led by Jewish priests and their followers, the Jewish people reclaimed the temple and rededicated it to the Jewish faith. Hanukkah remembers and celebrates this victory and re-dedication.

Many have heard the story of the menorah associated with Hanukkah, and the menorah remains a primary symbol and ritual of Hanukkah celebrations. Following their reclamation of the temple, the Jews wanted to light the menorah, but only had enough olive oil to light it for one day. Despite the limited supply of oil, the oil burned for eight days and nights, giving rise to the eight day and night celebration that is now Hanukkah. One candle of the menorah is lit after sundown on each night of Hanukkah, with the total number of candles increasing each night until all of the candles are light. The menorah is often placed in a window as a symbol of the holiday. Traditional blessings are said while lighting the candles.

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