Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BC. According to Chabad.org, more than 21 centuries ago, the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) ruled the Holy Land when a small band of Jews drove them from the land, as they wanted to subvert the Jewish faith and profane the sanctity of their lives. They reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of God.

However, when they went to light the Temple’s seven-branched candelabrum, or menorah, there was only a single cruse of oil that had escaped contamination from the Greeks. That one-day supply miraculously burned for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under the right conditions. Hanukkah commemorates that miracle. The holiday is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, starting this year on the night of Dec. 12, 2017 of the Gregorian calendar.

This holiday celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, of purity over adulteration, of spirituality over materiality, and as we prepare to celebrate it, here are some ideas to wish your friends and loved ones a Happy Hanukkah.

“Sending you a warm hug. Hope the spirit of this Hanukkah keeps glowing in your heart.”

“May His blessing be with you in every walk of your life. Happy Hanukkah!”

“Joy, smiles, fun and cheer. May your Hanukkah filled with all that you wish for!”

“May this festival of lights bring blessings upon you and all your loved ones.”

“May your house be filled with the Light of our Lord. Happy Hanukkah!”

“Light the candles and be blessed. Get a wish and hope that it will be given. Happy Hanukkah!”

“Hanukkah gives us a time to remember how God works wonders in our life.”

“Do not worry when things are bad. Hanukkah will remind you to always be hopeful that things have their own time to get better.”

“Light the candles and celebrate the importance of this day. Let light lead the way to goodness. Happy Hanukkah!”

“Be merry and cheer. Today is a day to celebrate God’s loving embrace. We are His children and we must feel blessed.”

“I wish that these lights bring you everything that you hope for. Happy Hanukkah to you and your family!”

“Do not fear of the dark because God will always give us the light. Have a blessed Hanukkah!”

“May all the happiness and success be yours not only this Hanukkah but for the entire years ahead!”

“May the warmth and glow of each candle you light make your heart and home happy, your Hanukkah bright.”

“Wishing you a holiday season bright with joy and rich memories. Happy Hanukkah!”