Why is Hanukkah celebrated?
Hanukkah is known as the Jewish festival of rededication. It is also known as the festival of lights. During 165BC, Antiochus, the king of Judea ordered the Jewish people to give up all of their beliefs and to start worshipping the Greek Gods. All of the Greek soldiers supported this order and forced the Jews to bow in front of a Greek Gods idol and to eat the meat of a pig which was against Jewish law. Out of anger, many Jews formed a rebellion against the king and his orders. Hanukkah is celebrated to commemorate the day that the Jewish army or the Maccabees defeated the Greek soldiers. It is a very important festival to the Jews as it celebrates the rededication to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and the mirical of the oil burning for eight days after the defeat.