The Talmud explains the holiday as a commemoration of the rededication of the Temple after the Maccabean revolt.
On August 28, 1884, the rededication took place, and the building was left as it is found to-day.
Economic recovery, better education, rededication to values, all show the spirit of renewal gaining the upper hand.
You may not realize the feeling of gratitude with which we took part in this eventful service of praise, prayer, and rededication!
late 14c., "action of dedicating," from Old French dedicacion (14c., Modern French dédication) "consecration of a church or chapel," or directly from Latin dedicationem, noun of action from dedicare (see dedicate). Meaning "the giving of oneself to some purpose" is c.1600; as an inscription in a book, etc., from 1590s.