Happy Hanukkah 2016 songs, Prayers, Candles – Check Hanukah Celebration Date
Hanukkah 2016 countdown is started. It is celebrated for the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It was during the Maccabean revolt opposing the Seleucid Empire. Hanukkah is commemorated for eight nights and days. Hanukkah starts on the 25th days of Kislev based on the Hebrew calendar. This could come anytime from late November to late December on the Gregory calendar.
Hanukkah 2016 is commonly referred as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication. There are many ways the festival is celebrated such as lighting each night with one additional light on the nine- branched menorah. The Menorah is also known as Chanukah or Hanukiah. The festival is celebrated by the kindling of lights.
What is Hanukkah?
The menorah commonly has eight branches with one addition different branch. The extra light which is used to lit others is known as Shamash. The position is usually distinct commonly below or above the rest. Other common festivities of Hanukkah are eating oil based foods and playing dreidel. Many countries now light the menorah on open or public places after the 1970s worldwide Chabad Hasidic Movement.
Why is it named Hanukkah?
Hanukkah means to dedicate which comes from the Hebrew verb “חנך.” The Maccabean Jews took back control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Temple on Hanukkah. There are many theories on why the festival is named Hanukkah. The word also means rested on the twenty-fifth which can refer to the day Jews stopped fighting on the 25th day of Kislev. It is also the day when the holiday begins. The word Hanukkah also means Eight Candles and the Hakakha. The two rabbinical schools have the difference of thought in which Hanukkah flames must be lit.
When is Hanukkah 2016?
Hanukkah 2016 celebration is not far away. Do check the following clock to know how many days left till Hanukkah celebration 2016.
The two schools Shammai and Hillel have the difference where Shammai believe that eight candles must be lit on the first night then seven on the second night and same way till one candle on the last night. The Hillel believe to light one candle on the first day and then add one each night to reach to eight candles on eight night. The Hillel believe miracle increased in greatness each day. Hillel is adopted by the Jewish law.
Hebrew calendar is used to determine Hanukkah. Based on the Hebrew calendar the day comes on the 25th day of Kislev and ends on the 2nd or 3rd of Tevet. Gregorian calendar starts the day at midnight however the Jewish day starts at sunset. Hanukkah is on the 24th of December and begins on the sunset.
Hanukkah Songs and Prayers
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Hanukkah has family based and public rituals which are performed throughout the eight days of the holiday. Daily prayers have special additions to it and an additional section for blessing after meals. Hanukkah is not a very strict holiday like Sabbath. There is no compulsion on holiday and most people go to work but leave early from work. The holiday has no restrictions and most people do their day to day activities. Most return home early to kindle the lights at nightfall. Schools do close from the second day of the holiday for a whole week. However, there is no such religious reason for it to be closed.
Families exchange gifts each night of the holiday. Gifts may be books or games, a popular gift to children is the Hanukkah Gelt. To signify the importance of oil many oil based foods are columned such as potato pancakes or ay other fried foods. Many also eat dairy products to remember how she overcame Holofernes by feeding cheese. This made him thirsty, and wine was then given to drink. Judith cut Holofernes head after he got very drunk.
Kindling of Lights
On each night of the holiday, candles are lit. A number of lights increase each day and is practices universally. Additional light is lit either higher or lower from the others, the additional light is given a distinct location. Shamus is often used as an extra candle. However, it being linguistically incorrect. Most commonly candles are used, but some also use oil lamps. Electric lights are not very common but may be used in some locations where open flame is not allowed. If any case they use electric lights only the incandescent and battery operated is allowed and not, the Plug-in lamps are not allowed. Most homes have specials candelabrum which is called the Chanukiah.
Hanukkah light means illumination of the house without and not lighting of the house within. It is commonly set at windows or door that lead to the street, so passersby are reminded of the miracle of the holiday. The idea is a triumph of few over many and also pure over the impure. Women are not allowed in Jewish law from time-bound commandments. However, they are required to participate in the mitzvah of lighting Hanukkah candles as women were also involved in a miracle. Although only male members lit the candles in Orthodox households. In some households, all participate in lighting candles with the head of family lighting first candle and the wife lighting the second candle and the remaining by children.
Candle lighting time on Hanukkah
The Hanukkah lights or the candles should burn for atlas half an hour after it gets dark. Common practice is to lit candles on sundown however many lit it later as well. Many lights it later to publicize the miracle of the holiday. If due to circumstances the lights are not lit at sunset or nightfall the lights should be lit later until people are on streets. If in any case, it is later than that then candles should be still lit but blessings should be said only if someone is awake in the house and be present on the lighting of Hanukkah lights.
First Night of Hanukkah 2016
Customary three blessing are said on each of the eight days of the festival. All three blessings are recited on the first night of Hanukkah. Blessings may be said before or after candle lighting. On the first-night right side of Menorah is lit with one light and on the second night left to the first light is lit. So for the eight-day candles are lit right to the left but lighting them from left to right over eight days.
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