Why is Hanukkah 8 days?

The Jewish festival of Hanukkah, also spelled Chanukah, is a celebration that takes place in the middle of winter each year. But why does it last eight days?

The most widely heard explanation is that the eight days commemorate a miracle in which a small amount of oil burned for not one but eight days. However, this is not actually the original reason why Hanukkah lasts so long, a scholar of Jewish history told Live Science.

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