Best Wishes for Hanukkah Extended by Croatian Officials

By 2 December 2018

ZAGREB, December 2, 2018 - Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković and Prime Minister Andrej Plenković extended on Sunday their best wishes for Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, to the Jewish faithful .

Hanukkah is observed for eight nights, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, and may occur from late November to late December according to the Gregorian calendar.

Jewish families around the world will gather Sunday evening to celebrate Hanukkah and light the first candles on their menorahs. The holiday celebrates the rededication of the second temple in Jerusalem following a massacre ordered by the Greek-Syrian King Antiochus IV that initially pushed Jews from the city.

The celebrations begin December 2 and last through December 10.

For more on the Jewish religion in Croatia and its relations with the state authorities, click here.