When Is Hanukkah this year?
Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 21, 2011...
Last Updated On: Sunday, November 27, 2011
Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 21, 2011 (Wednesday). It ends at sundown on December 28, 2011 (Wednesday).
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November-late December on the secular calendar.
In Hebrew, the word "hanukkah" means “dedication.” The name reminds us that this holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E.