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Answer: Hanukkah always starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev, and lasts for eight days. The Hebrew calendar is different from the western calender so does not Match the western calendar because it is not solar, and has a completely different leap year system that can shift holidays each year by to 11-28 days.
Hanukkah starts on different days each year based on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev. The event lasts for eight days. This calendar does not line up with the western calendar and that is why it keeps shifting. In 2012, it is expected to commence on December 8th to 16th.