In 168 BCE, on the 25th of Kislev, Antiochus Epiphanes, King of Syria and overlord of Israel, desecrated the Jewish Temple by setting up a statue of Zeus inside, and sacrificing a swine to Zeus. Many Jews were forced to worship the Greek deities, or else be killed. MattithYah Maccabee, and his son Yahudah led a rebellion, and within 3 years regained control of Jerusalem. On the 25th of Kislev, 165 BCE, the Maccabees purified the Temple, and re-dedicated it to the service of Yahweh.
But, Hanukkah is really about religious freedom.
The books of Maccabees are the story of Hanukkah. You can find these in the CATHOLIC versions of the Christian Bible. For some reason, these are not included in Protestant versions.
I love you, Thank you Jacob
Menorah's, dreidels and latkes are popular symbols of Hanukkah but its much deeper than that.
Whoever wrote the first two answers are clearly self-hating secular Jews with no attachment to their culture or religion. If they Hanukkah so much then they should just convert and celebrate Christmas.
Fake Jewish person - I'd rather celebrate Christmas
I think Christmas is a beautiful holiday and have nothing against it, but its not something that Jews should partake in.