Jews around the world will light the first candle of their Menorahs at sundown Saturday to usher in Hanukkah — the eight-day Festival of Lights.
The holiday celebrates the miracle of one day’s worth of consecrated oil keeping the Menorah in Jerusalem’s Holy Temple lit for eight days.
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Food is a big part of the celebration, and fried foods, like latkes, are especially common to represent the importance of oil.
Families generally light the first candle on the Menorah on the first night, followed by one more candle each night at sunset to represent the eight days.
Sometimes small gifts are exchanged.
Hanukkah ends on Dec. 16.