The festival, like all Jewish holidays depends on the Jewish calendar which is lunar,, something which was a great insult to the JewsWhen they returned to purify the Temple, they found only a bottle of olive oil which was not broken to light the lamp of the Temple, the menorah, which according to Jewish tradition has to burn eternally. , which was the needed time to produce oil and bring it to Jerusalem.
The Jews resisted and managed to crush the army of the Seleucids.The oil was enough for one day only, but it miracusly lasted for eight daysThis historical event gave rise to the tradition, according to which Jews have to light candles in order to commemorate the Hanukkah. During the Hanukkah one candle is lit per day until the eighth night.Many in Greece consider this festival as a Jewish victory against the Greeks and the struggle against the Hellenization of Judea. Of course, it is worth noting that the revolt of the Maccabees was caused by the attitude of Antiochus to the Jews. Unlike Alexander the Great who respected their cultural identity, Antiochus tried to violently hellenize them. That is, why Alexander was welcomed as a liberator and Antiochus as tyrant.
Here at Cafebabel Greece we do not want to go into the historical debate. We wish ''Happy Hanukkah'' to all Jews around the world, respecting their celebration as we respect any belief or doctrine.