Hanukkah 2013 begins at sunset on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, and ends in the evening of Thursday, December 5.
What is Hanukkah?
Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights. It commemorates the victory of the Israelites over the Syrian Greek armies, and the miracle of restoring the menorah in the Holy Temple. Only one vial of oil was found, enough for one day--and yet it lasted for eight days.
Many Hanukkah foods are deep-fried in oil to symbolize the oil from the Temple menorah. These include latkes, or potato pancakes, and jelly doughnuts. Many also make the Sephardic delicacy bimuelos and, of course, applesauce as a topping.