They celebrated the re dedication of the alter for eight days; there was great rejoicing as they brought burnt-offerings and sacrificed peace-offerings and thank offerings. They decorated the front of the temple with golden wreaths and ornamental shields. They renewed the gates and the priests rooms, and fitted them with doors. There was great merry making among the people and the disgrace brought on them by the people was removed. Then Judas, his brothers, and the whole congregation of Israel decreed that the re dedication of the altar should be observed with joy and gladness at the same season each year, for the twenty-fifth of Kislev.