Hanukkah is a time for giving and receiving presents and gifts. They are often given on each night. Lots of games are played during the time of Hanukkah. The most popular is ‘dreidel’
It’s a four sided top with a Hebrew letter on each side. The four letter are the first letter of the phrase ‘Nes Gadol Hayah Sham’ which means ‘A great miracle happened there‘ (in Israel, ‘there‘ is changed to ‘here‘ so it’s ‘Nes Gadol Hayah Po‘.
The Festival of Lights remembers the rededication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. This happened in the 160s BCE/BC (before Jesus was born). (Hanukkah is the Hebrew and Aramaic word for ‘dedication‘.)
Hanukkah last for eight days and starts on the 25th of Kislev. Because the Jewish calendar is lunar (it uses the moon for its dates), Kislev, the month in the Jewish calendar that occurs in late November to late December.