HANNUKKAH starts on Sunday, December 22, this year. Here is how you can celebrate Hannukkah on WhatsApp with your friends and family, with these wishes and greetings.
Hannukkah is celebrated around the world by millions of Jewish people who are about to mark the eight-day festival by lighting the Menorah, holding feasts, taking part in prayers and playing with dreidels. Express.co.uk reveals the best quotes and messages to share with loved ones on WhatsApp.
“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” (Ben Sweetland)
“There are two ways of spreading light, to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” (Edith Wharton)
“We light candles in testament that faith makes miracles possible.” (Nacho Braverman)
“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” (Anthony J D’Angelo)
“The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.” (G K Chesterton)
“Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.” (Ruth E Renkel)
“Keep your flame lit, and you will never feel darkness.” (J Parker)
“Hanukkah is about the spark of divine in all of us made in God’s image.” (Suzanne Fields)
The Jewish festival of Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev – corresponding with December in the Gregorian calendar.
The festival commemorates the story of the Maccabees, who rebelled against the Greeks 2,000 years ago after they tried to stop the Jewish people from practising their religion.
The Greek king Antiochus tried to make Jewish people bow down before a statue of him that had been placed in the Jewish temple, praying to Greek gods.
But they refused, and a small group called the Maccabees, led by Jewish priest Mattathias and his son Judah, fought back, eventually recapturing Jerusalem.
The Jewish temple was in the process destroyed and after they cleaned up they found the “eternal light” in the temple – which is continuously kept alight – had only enough oil left in it to last for one more day.
However, a miracle occurred and the lamp remained lit for eight days until more oil could be found.
Hanukkah starts this Sunday, December 22, and lasts until Monday, December 30.
The eight night-long festival is a time of festivities and celebrations with friends and family.
It is easy to wish someone a happy Hanukkah in your own language but why not do so in Hebrew?
In this instance you can say “Hanukkah sameach”, meaning “happy Hanukkah”.
Alternatively, you can say “Chag sameach” – a standard greeting used on all Jewish festivals, which simply means “happy holiday”.
But those who really wish to impress their Jewish friends can also say “Chag Urim Sameach”, meaning “happy Festival of Lights”.
We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own