Chanukah/Hanukkah 2017: When Is Chanukah/Hanukkah? Dates & Details πŸ—“

What day is Chanukah/Hanukkah on? Chanukah/Hanukkah 2017 is observed on a Wednesday in December. In 2016, it was on a Sunday and Chanukah/Hanukkah in 2018 is on Monday, December 3, 2018.

Countdown to Chanukah/Hanukkah 2017 date is below, plus holiday history, activities, facts, details, and upcoming public holidays.

Many Jewish communities in the United States observe the first day of Hanukkah, which marks the start of Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah or Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish observance that remembers the Jewish people’s struggle for religious freedom.

When is Chanukah/Hanukkah 2017? This year Chanukah/Hanukkah is on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.


The first day of Hanukkah is the start of the Hanukkah period, which lasts for eight days, from the 25th day of the month of Kislev to the second day of Tevet in the Hebrew calendar.

Below you will find all the details for Chanukah/Hanukkah 2017 including, are banks open, is there mail delivery and related holiday information.

Is Chanukah/Hanukkah a federal holiday?

No, Chanukah/Hanukkah is not a federal holiday. There are ten annual US federal holidays on the calendar designated by the United States Congress. The following federal holidays are established by law:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Third Monday in January).
  • Washington’s Birthday (Third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (Second Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Is Chanukah/Hanukkah a national holiday?

The first day of Hanukkah is not a federal public holiday in the United States. Some Jewish schools have their school vacation fall around the same time of Hanukkah. Chanukah/Hanukkah is not a national holiday. Unlike many other countries, there are no ‘national holidays’ in the United States because Congress only has constitutional authority to create holidays for federal institutions. Most federal holidays are also observered as state holidays.

Is Chanukah/Hanukkah a paid holiday?

The answer depends on your employer. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations or holidays (federal or otherwise).

Does the mail run on Chanukah/Hanukkah?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Chanukah/Hanukkah. All post offices and federal offices of any kind will be open for the holiday, which means businesses and homes will receive mail. This also counts USPS and Fedex packages. See holiday schedule on USPS and Fedex. The only time mail is not being delivered is on federal holidays, which are listed above.

Are banks open on Chanukah/Hanukkah?

Chanukah/Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday, which means all federal offices, courts and most banks will be open. While most banks are open, some banks can operate on their own schedules, so it may be best to check with your local branches. U.S. stock and bond markets like the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will be open. Grocery stores and malls are reportedly open.

If your bank is closed, it is still possible to conduct general banking transactions via ATM, online banking or your mobile phone. Apps and websites are running though not all normal functions may be accessed for the holiday.

Are stores open on Chanukah/Hanukkah?

On Chanukah/Hanukkah, most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open. There are no holidays on which all businesses are closed by law. However, some stores may have shortened or extended holiday hours for the day. Stores may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses may be closed on in order to give their employees the day off. For restaurants, stores and other establishments specific to your area, you will have to check with the individual business.

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Chanukah/Hanukkah 2017

Holiday: Chanukah/Hanukkah
Date: December 13, 2017
Weekday: Wednesday
Holiday Type: Jewish holiday
Presidents Day 2018: Monday, December 3, 2018
Presidents Day 2019: Monday, December 23, 2019
Presidents Day 2020: Friday, December 11, 2020

History & Origin

How To Celebrate Chanukah/Hanukkah

How To Say Chanukah/Hanukkah in:

Spanish: JanucΓ‘
Norwegian: Hanukkah – fΓΈrste dag
German: Chanukka (erster Tag)

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