Looking for fun ways to celebrate the Festival of Lights in the Triangle? Here are some Hanukkah events in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area. We are still adding more. Know of an event that should be on the list? Email email@example.com and let us know!
Events include Menorah lightings, parties, concerts, a Hanukkah market and more.
Hanukkah begins the evening of Sunday, November 28th, 2021, and final evening is Sunday, December 5th.
Hanukkah (also spelled Chanukah) is a Jewish festival that commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt. It’s also known as the Festival of Lights.
The central symbol of Hanukkah is the Menorah (or more specifically, a Hanukkiah), a candelabrum with 9 branches, each holding a candle.
On each of the eight nights, an additional candle is lit, so that on the first night, just one is, an on the last night, all eight are lit. The ninth branch holds a candle called the “shammash” (“helper” or “servant”) which is used to light the others, and also remains lit each night.