Hanukkah begins at sundown Tuesday

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Tuesday is the first night of Hanukkah for millions of Jewish people celebrating around the world. It’s an eight day long holiday that goes from sundown on day one to sundown on day eight.

After the Jewish people took back Jerusalem after Alexander the Great's death, they decided to rededicate their temple to cleanse it from the Greek idol gods. The lamp that typically burns in the temple only had enough oil to burn for one day, but it lasted eight days, which is why Hanukkah lasts eight days long.

Jewish people celebrate the holiday by lighting a candle on the menorah each of the eight nights. In addition, many people also give a small gift each night.

"We celebrate it by trying to get together once during the holiday. Here at the synagogue, people will bring their Hanukkah menorahs, called a hanukiah, and candles and we'll all light them together and say the appropriate prayers over them," says Aaron Scholnik, Vice President of Temple Beth Shalom.

Temple Beth Shalom was located in Ishpeming for more than 60 years, but was recently relocated to the old citadel in downtown Marquette. The transition is not yet complete, but they will be holding a Hanukkah celebration on Sunday around 6 p.m.