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Hanukkah 2016 Starts Christmas Eve and Ends New Year's Day

Hanukkah will overlap with both Christmas and New Year's Day.
Hanukkah will overlap with both Christmas and New Year's Day. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Hanukkah's late start means the festival of lights, which begins on Saturday, will stretch into the New Year.

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

The festival of lights begins on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar. Being based on the Hebrew calendar is what allows the holiday to begin so late this year and to overlap with both Christmas and New Year's Day.

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