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Hanukkah 2012 Begins Saturday Evening

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with fun events and delicious recipes.

Hanukkah 2012 Begins Saturday Evening

This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16.

According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar,  that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8. 

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates  the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enough oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. The oil lasted for eight days, according to the story, and the holiday of Hanukkah was born.

Today, Jews generally celebrate by gathering together with family, lighting one candle on the menorah each of the eight nights, playing dreidel and eating special holiday foods such as potato latkes and babka.

Try Alissa Malerman's recipe for latkes, published in 2011 by West Bloomfield Patch.

Also check out 5 Things You Should Know About Hanukkah.

If you observe Hanukkah, what are your plans? Do you have a recipe to share? Tell us in the comments section below.

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