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Hanukkah is about more than just the story of Hanukkah. There are different ways Hanukkah is celebrated today and fun facts about Hanukkah that will surprise you! The word Hanukkah means "dedication". The Jewish people re-dedicated the holy Temple after their victory against the Syrians in 165 BCE.
The holiday of Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights. Menorahs (candelabra) are displayed in Jewish homes and a new candle is added for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. There's lots of ways to spell Hanukkah, because the word itself is from the Hebrew. It's typically pronounced "hah-na-kah" but it can be found spelled with a "CH" Chanukah.
You’d be correct to pronounce it with a hard "Ch" almost like a "Kah," but roll your tongue for a more guttural sound. Though Hanukkah is a relatively minor holiday on the Jewish calendar, many Jewish families get in the December holiday spirit and celebrate Hanukkah similarly to the Christian celebration of Christmas, complete with decorations and holiday gift exchanges. Hanukkah falls on a different date each year. Jewish tradition goes by a lunar calendar, not a solar calendar that is standard. That's why the 25th of the month of Kislev could be in November, December and even January!
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