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What date is Hanukkah 2021 and why is it celebrated?

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Jewish communities in Greater Manchester will start celebrating Hanukkah this weekend – and unlike last year, they will be able to enjoy it together.

The Jewish festival of light, which lasts eight nights, involves lighting candles on a menorah , eating fried foods and playing with spinning tops called dreidels .

But communities across the region were not allowed to celebrate Hanukkah with other households last year as Tier 3 rules banned meeting in most places. READ MORE: Jewish drag queen on how faith - and grandma's hats - helped them to create their grand dame persona Covid -safe Hanukkah celebrations, such as drive-in candle lighting events, took place instead of the usual mass gatherings in public squares and parks.

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