According to Helen Williams of Evening standard website, Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights, the celebration involves prayer, food and the lighting of an eight-armed candelabra called a menorah. Hanukkah, which might also be called Chanukah, runs for eight days and is one of the most popular Jewish religious customs. Hanukkah, which might also be called Chanukah, runs for eight days and is one of the most popular Jewish religious customs. These range of eight days often changes each year so Hanukkah can be anywhere from late November to early January.
It is celebrated to commemorate a miraculous occasion more than 2,000 years ago when the Jews won the right to practice their religion freely. The Holy Land was then run by the Syrian Greeks who issued decrees against all Jewish rituals. It is a Jewish principle that a little bit of light can drive out much darkness.
The lighting of the menorah lamp is a connection to the temple in Jerusalem.