Days of the Calendar: Hanukkah
The historical significance of Hanukkah dates back to roughly 200 B.C. At this time the Jews were subjected to the rule of Syrian King Antiochus IV, who outlawed their religion and ordered them to worship Greek gods. Through an uprising, led by Judah Maccabee, the Jews drove out their oppressors and restored their temple. Despite having only enough oil left to keep the flames lit for a single day, it lasted eight. Since then, the eight-day Hanukkah celebration remained a yearly tradition, as Jews remember their emergence from the darkness of oppression. Join WatchMojo.com as we learn more about Hanukkah.