“Festival of Lights” – Hanukkah is celebrated in Russia

Jews in Russia and around the world celebrate Hanukkah on Sunday evening – one of the most important religious holidays.

Hanukkah, the holiday of lights and lights, begins on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev and lasts eight days. In hundreds of cities around the world, on the occasion of Hanukkah, ritual lamps – menorahs – are lit in squares, and when candles are lit at home, the lamp is traditionally installed at the entrance or on the windowsill so that the light can be seen by passers-by. In 2015, the Jews begin to celebrate Hanukkah on December 5 at sunset.

The name of the holiday comes from the expressions “Hanukkat ha-bait” (consecration of the Temple) or “Hanukkat beit Hashmonaim” (consecration of the Hasmonean house). Tradition links the celebration of Hanukkah with the Jewish uprising of 167 BC. against the Syrian king Antiochus IV, who banned Judaism. After the expulsion of the invaders from Israel and the capture of Jerusalem by the troops of Judas Hasmoneus, nicknamed Macabi (Hammer), the Jews rebuilt the desecrated and partially destroyed Temple. … But there was very little oil for the lamp (according to Jewish tradition, it takes eight days to make new oil). When the menorah was lit with it, the fire burned without interruption for all eight days, while the new oil was being prepared.

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