Joy in every family: Poroshenko congratulated the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah

Радость в каждую семью: Порошенко поздравил иудеев с праздником Хануки

The attributes of Hanukkah: Chanukia, doughnuts, chocolate money and a dreidel

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko congratulated the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the press service of the head of state.

As the President noted in his congratulatory message, the historical fate of the Ukrainian and Jewish peoples have a lot in common. “Today, together we defend the values of democracy, working hard to defeat Russian aggression, peace and harmony in their native land”, – says Poroshenko.

“May the light of Chanukah will bring every family joy, fill you with new hope, strengthen faith in the invincible power of truth and justice,” – said in greeting.

The head of state wished everyone good health, success and optimism.

Jews around the world today, 24 Dec, you begin to celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah. The festival starts every year the 25th of the Hebrew month of Kislev and lasts 8 days. At this time these days in the evening December 24, 2016 January 1, 2017 Note the Jewish calendar a new day begins at sunset, not at midnight.

The Jews celebrate Hanukkah with the II century BC According to Jewish tradition, after the desecration of the Greek Gentiles in the temple in Jerusalem, a rebellion broke out, culminating in the victory of Jewish troops.

After the expulsion of the Greek invaders of Israel and capture of Jerusalem by the armies of Judah hasmonea nicknamed of makabi (Hammer), the Jews restored the desecrated and partially destroyed temple of the city. In the day of his consecration should ignite the main temple lamp, the menorah, the fire which is necessary to support constantly. But uncontaminated oil for the lamp was very little. For the manufacture and consecration of the new required eight days.