Happy Hanukkah: Holiday begins Sunday at sunset

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The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah officially starts Sunday night at sunset.

The holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights and commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrians around 165 B.C. and the re-dedication of Jerusalem’s second temple.

The holiday lasts eight nights and each night is marked by the lighting of a menorah.

Children play with a dreidel, a four-sided spinning top, and traditionally receive gifts.

The 2018 National Menorah Lighting at the White House takes place Sunday afternoon.

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