Hanukkah 2018

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Hanukkah in 2018 (1st day)
Monday, December 3, 2018

When is Hanukkah 2019?

Hanukkah in 2019 (1st day)
Monday, December 23, 2019

Why We Celebrate Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is considered a European 8-day holiday, marked by night illumination of the menorah, special prayers and fried food. The Hebrew word Hanukah means “initiation.” The holiday is called to repeat the Sacred. It is known that in the second century BC the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids. They tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs instead of observing the mitzvah and faith in the G-d. But the faithful Jews at the head of the Jewish Maccabeus expelled the Greeks.

When they tried to light the Temple Menoru, they found one shell, which was not infected by the Greeks. They lit a menorah. It was enough for 8 days. To commemorate and promote such miracles, the Hanukkah Festival was established.

What Do People Do?

In Hanukkah organize festivals with night illuminated menorahs. It is accepted that the menorah consist of 9 flames with shamash. The last flame is intended to set fire to the other eight lights. The first night one flame is lit. On the second night another flame burns. By the eighth night of Hanukkah all the lights are lit. Prior to the festival, traditional songs are performed.

The menorah is illuminated in all houses. It is placed in a doorway or in a window. Also it is covered in synagogues, public places. In the modern world, menorah can be seen in urban and other buildings around the world. In addition, the prayer of Hallel is read.

How to Celebrate Hanukkah?

Women on Hanukkah day should not work at least the first 30 minutes after burning candles. In some countries there is a custom not to work during the entire period of burning candles. It is also forbidden to fast and praise during Hanukkah.

Hanukkah Observances

List of dates for other years

WeekdayDateYearName
MonDec 32018Chanukah/Hanukkah 1st day
MonDec 232019Chanukah/Hanukkah 1st day
FriDec 112020Chanukah/Hanukkah 1st day
MonNov 292021Chanukah/Hanukkah 1st day
MonDec 192022Chanukah/Hanukkah 1st day
FriDec 82023Chanukah/Hanukkah 1st day
ThuDec 262024Chanukah/Hanukkah 1st day
MonDec 152025Chanukah/Hanukkah 1st day
SatDec 52026Chanukah/Hanukkah 1st day
SatDec 252027Chanukah/Hanukkah 1st day
WedDec 132028Chanukah/Hanukkah 1st day
SunDec 22029Chanukah/Hanukkah 1st day
SatDec 212030Chanukah/Hanukkah 1st day

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Hanukkah Cards

List of Common Holidays in 2018

NameDateWeekdayHoliday Type
New Year’s DayJanuary 1TuesdayHolidays /National
Martin Luther King DayJanuary 21MondayHolidays /National
Belly Laugh DayJanuary 24ThursdayHolidays
Groundhog DayFebruary 2SaturdayHolidays
Lincoln’s BirthdayFebruary 12TuesdayHolidays /National
Valentine’s DayFebruary 14ThursdayHolidays
Presidents Day and Washington’s BirthdayFebruary 18MondayHolidays /National
Mardi Gras CarnivalMarch 5TuesdayHolidays
Daylight SavingMarch 10SundayHolidays
St. Patrick’s DayMarch 17SundayHolidays
April Fool’s DayApril 1MondayHolidays
Good FridayApril 19FridayHolidays
EasterApril 21SundayHolidays
Easter MondayApril 22MondayHolidays
Earth DayApril 22MondayHolidays
Cinco de MayoMay 5SundayHolidays
Mother’s DayMay 12SundayHolidays /National
Armed Forces DayMay 18SaturdayHolidays
Memorial DayMay 27MondayHolidays /National
PentecostJune 9SundayHolidays
Pentecost MondayJune 10MondayHolidays
Flag DayJune 14FridayHolidays /National
Father’s DayJune 16SundayHolidays /National
Independence DayJuly 4ThursdayHolidays /National
Parents’ DayJuly 28SundayHolidays
Labor DaySeptember 2MondayHolidays /National
Grandparents’ DaySeptember 8SundayHolidays
Patriot Day or September 11thSeptember 11WednesdayHolidays
Stepfamily DaySeptember 16MondayHolidays
Citizenship DaySeptember 17TuesdayHolidays
Native American DaySeptember 27FridayHolidays
Columb DayOctober 14MondayHolidays /National
Boss’s DayOctober 16WednesdayHolidays
Sweetest DayOctober 19SaturdayHolidays
HalloweenOctober 31ThursdayHolidays
Daylight SavingNovember 3SundayHolidays
Veterans’ DayNovember 11MondayHolidays /National
ThanksgivingNovember 28ThursdayHolidays /National
Black FridayNovember 29FridayHolidays
Cyber MondayDecember 2MondayHolidays
Pearl Harbor Remembrance DayDecember 7SaturdayHolidays
Christmas DayDecember 25WednesdayHolidays /National
New Year’s EveDecember 31TuesdayHolidays