Festival of Lights: Hanukkah Celebrations Around the World

Sunday, Dec. 6 marks the beginning of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, which will be observed for eight nights and eight days.

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, second from right, lights the menorah and sings joined by President Barack Obama, right, first lady Michelle Obama, left, and Nechama Rivlin, second from left, during the first of two Hanukkah receptions the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.
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Gov. Phil Bryant lights the candles during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, celebrated for the first time at the Governor's Mansion as Rabbi Stephen Wylen of Temple Beth Israel, right, sings, in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is one of the most important Jewish holidays and celebrated by Jews worldwide during eight days to commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BC.
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Poland’s President Andrzej Duda lights a Hanukkah candle alongside Poland’s Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday Dec. 9, 2015. In marking the Jewish festival of lights, Duda follows an example set by earlier Polish presidents in the post-communist era. Poland was once home to the world’s largest Jewish population; most of the country’s Jews were killed by Germany during the Holocaust.
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Members of the Jewish newly arrived immigrant family of Ammar from France, who are making Aliyah (Immigration to Israel), light Hannukah candles upon their arrival at Ben Gurion International airport on December 8, 2015 in Lod, about 15 kms east of Tel Aviv, during the Jewish holiday. The holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after the Jews' 165 B.C. victory over the Hellenist Syrians when Antiochus, the Greek King of Syria, outlawed Jewish rituals and ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods.
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White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough accompanied by Rabbi Levi Shemtov speaks during the annual National Menorah Lighting in celebration of Hanukkah, on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.
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Dreidel dance during the annual National Menorah Lighting in celebration of Hanukkah, on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.
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The annual Hanukkah events in Berlin, Germany, are part of a worldwide Hanukkah campaign set into motion by the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.
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Children light torches at the ceremony of the Hanukkah menorah lighting at a public Menorah ceremony near the Brandenburg Gate on December 6, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.
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The area is illuminated after the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah at a public Menorah ceremony near the Brandenburg Gate on December 6, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.
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A worker fixes the central light of a giant Hanukkah Menorah, set up by the Jewish Chabad Educational Center, at the Pariser Platz in Berlin, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.
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The world's largest Hanukkah menorah is pictured here on Fifth Avenue by Central Park.
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A nine-branched Jewish candelabrum, or Hanukkah Menorah, rests on a table in the main Jewish synagogue in Lisbon. Portugal enacted in March a law to grant citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews exiled during the Inquisition 500 years ago. Spain is about to adopt a similar law but its different requirements have brought criticism.
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Zesty zucchini and feta latkes in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Alison Ladman.
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Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, right, and Rabbi Segal Shmoel, center, inspect a giant Hanukkah Menorah, set up by the Jewish Chabad Educational Center, at the Pariser Platz in Berlin, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.
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Hungarian Hasidic Jewish religious leader Baruch Oberlander, right, and Deputy State Secretary for Priority Social Affairs Csaba Latorcai light the first lantern on a menorah at the Nyugati square in Budapest, Hungary, during the first day celebration of the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
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Orthodox Jewish men dance after the ceremonial lighting of the first lantern on a menorah at the Nyugati square in Budapest, Hungary, during the first day celebration of the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
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