Hanukkah - Encounter Culture

Observed November 27th – December 5th

Many Jewish communities all over the world celebrate the eight-day cultural or religious celebration known as Hanukkah (Chanukah). This holiday commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend, Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December.

Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games, and gifts. Some typical food offerings include fried foods like potato pancakes (livivot in Hebrew) and doughnuts (sufganiyot in Hebrew) which are considered special treats during the season of Hanukkah.

Some employers have established floating holiday policies to support and promote cultural diversity within the workplace. See SHRM’s Survey Results here: Floating Holidays

Interested in learning more about the origins of this celebration? Watch this video


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