In the context of the winter season, or of the “December dilemma,” Jews often say that Chanukah is a “minor” holiday. Apparently, the characterization is meant to stand in contrast to the “major” holiday of Christmas.
Chanukah marks the triumph of loyal Jews over those who assimilated into ancient Greek culture. What’s minor about that?
Chanukah marks the miraculous continuation of the service in the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem — the discovery of one day’s worth of ritually pure oil that lasted eight days, until more ritually pure oil could be prepared. What’s minor about that?