(November 30, 2010)—Hanukkah, which marks the rededication of the Jewish Temple at the time of the Maccabean revolt in 165 B.C. and the miracle of a smidge of found oil lasting eight days, begins at sundown Wednesday.
The eight-day festival includes candle lighting, prayers, potato latkes and games.
Jewish festivals and commemorations begin on different dates each year because they're set by a lunar-based Hebrew calendar adjusted to ensure certain ones fall during certain seasons.
A Jewish outreach organization is hosting a variety of public menorah lightings for Hanukkah in more than 70 countries around the world.
Events sponsored by the Chabad-Lubavitch organization include menorah lightings at professional sporting events, including Wednesday's basketball game between the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons in Florida.
Menorahs made from ice are will be lit in Helsinki, Berlin, and in New York's Central Park.
Chocolate menorahs will be lit in Melbourne, Australia; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Stockholm.
Menorahs made from Legos will be built in Brookline, Mass.; Pacific Palisades, Calif.; and Flemington, N.J.; and balloon menorahs will be on display in Maple, Ontario; and in Bend, Ore.