The holiday, also known as the Festival of Lights, beginning Wednesday at sundown until the evening of Dec. 5. The eight-day holiday celebrates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, when Jews led by the Maccabees revolted against their Greek-Syrian oppressors.
Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev – which can fall anywhere between Nov. 27 and Dec. 26. This year it falls on the earliest possible date, and the second night of the holiday coincides with Thanksgiving. The next time the secular and religious holidays will overlap will be in at least 70,000 years, according to some estimates.