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Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights in Pitigliano

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Luogo:Pitigliano (GR)



Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday. The word, in Hebrew, means “inauguration” and with this commemoration we remember the reconquest and rededication by the Jews of the Temple of Jerusalem after it had been desecrated and invaded by the Seleucid Greeks in the 2nd century. B.C. The story goes that, once the Temple had been reconquered, the Jewish people wanted to purify and reconsecrate it by lighting the Menorah, the typical seven-branched candelabra that was inside. It happened, however, that the oil they currently had available to light the lamp would only have been enough for the first wick (shamash) and, to have more, the Priest would have needed at least another eight days. It was a miracle, however, that that single cruet was enough for all the eight days necessary for the production of more oil. To commemorate this miraculous event it was then decided to build a new nine-armed candelabra called Hanukkhià in which, in fact, one arm is highlighted and is used to light the others. The festival begins at sunset on the 25th of the month of Kislev (December). Every evening an additional candle is lit, taking the light from the shamash until reaching the eighth day in which the entire candelabra will be illuminated. It is traditional to accompany this ceremony with the tasting of fried sweets (sufganioth).


25 December 24

02 January 25


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Location/The place


Pitigliano, GR, Italia

How to get there

By car: From Grosseto, take the SS1 Aurelia to Albinia where you take the SR74 Strada Regionale Maremmana towards Marsiliana. Continue on the SR74 to Manciano and from here you reach Pitigliano (again on the SR74). From the North (Siena) or from the South (Rome) take the SS2 Cassia to Acquapendente, continue on the SP49 to Onano, Sorano and from here to Pitigliano. By Bus: Autolinee Toscane Autolinee Toscane | Public transport in Tuscany ( Lines 11P and 41P By train: nearest stations: Orbetello and Grosseto

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