It is roughly equivalent to Purim in significance, and you won't find many non-Jews who have even heard of Purim!
Chanukah is not mentioned in Jewish scripture; the story is related in the book of Maccabbees, which Jews do not accept as scripture.
More than a century later, a successor of Alexander, Antiochus IV was in control of the region.
He began to oppress the Jews severely, placing a Hellenistic priest in the Temple, massacring Jews, prohibiting the practice of the Jewish religion, and desecrating the Temple by requiring the sacrifice of pigs (a non-kosher animal) on the altar.
Coretta Scott King, Community Educators, Captain Jonathan Walker, No Place for Hate, ACLUM, ADL, ADC, AIM, NAACP, We are endorsed by, Harwich Dis Abilities Rights Committee, Harwich Clergy Association, Yarmouth Friends Meeting, Harwich Board of Selectmen, Harwich Cultural Council, Harwich Junior Theatre, Harwich Youth Counselor, Harwich Youth Chaplaincy, Mashpee Teacher Deborah Saldana Merry Christmas! Harwich Selectman will proclaim Harwich as a No Place for Hate Community on Monday, January 16, 2006 Martin Luther King's Birthday. Come to the meeting on Tuesday, December 20, 2005 Brooks Free Library 5 - 7PMChanukah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev.
Note that the holiday commemorates the miracle of the oil, not the military victory: Jews do not glorify war.Alexander conquered Syria, Egypt and Palestine, but allowed the lands under his control to continue observing their own religions and retain a certain degree of autonomy.Under this relatively benevolent rule, many Jews assimilated much of Hellenistic culture, adopting the language, the customs, the dress, etc., in much the same way that Jews in America today blend into the secular American society.The first candle is then lit using the shammus candle, and the shammus candle is placed in its holder.The candles are allowed to burn out on their own after a minimum of 1/2 hour.Each night, another candle is added from right to left (like the Hebrew language).