When Does Hanukkah Start and End in 2010?

What day of the year does Hanukkah start and end in 2010?
I know that it is a holiday, but I am not sure the reason it is celebrated.
I don't know any Jewish people and I have a Jewish boss and would like to recognize the celebration, but want to get it right.

Is it OK to wish him a happy Hanukkah? Is it OK to give him a gift celebrating Hanukkah?
What about Christmas, are the 2 holidays related somehow?

asked by Francis in Holidays | 4190 views | 12-01-2010 at 06:38 PM

Hannukah is based on the Jewish calendar - it begins at sundown on the 25th day of Kislev and concludes on the 2nd or 3rd day of Tevet (Kislev can have 29 or 30 days).
In 2010, Hanukkah begins on December 1, 2010 and ends on December 9.
Hanukkah is accompanied by a rich set of traditional foods, games and rituals.

Since Hanukkah falls four days before the new moon (the darkest night of the month) and close to the winter solstice (the longest night of the year), it seems only natural that a key element of this holiday is light.

Hanukkah is a relatively minor holiday in the Jewish year. In the United States, however, its closeness to Christmas has brought greater attention to Hanukkah and its gift-giving tradition.

Normally people give gifts on the first night, but I think that any time during the holiday is ok. If he was religious you would have to wait until the second day on Saturday night or Sunday.

answered by Abraham | 12-01-2010 at 06:39 PM

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