Hanukkah (also spelled Chanukah) is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish faith. It is an eight day celebration of a miracle that happened around 200 B.C. Hanukkah, the festival of lights or the Jewish festival of lights, is a time of joy and celebration.
Hanukkah is celebrated more vigorously in the United States than in other parts of the world. It is believed that its proximity to Christmas has caused the holiday to become a bigger celebration in America. Other countries view it as more of a minor holiday and do not have elaborate traditions.
So if you’re looking how to wish someone a happy Hanukkah, we can help. In this article, you’ll find Hanukkah greetings, messages and wishes, a history of the holiday, traditions, and more. Enjoy and Happy Hanukkah!
Happy Hanukkah Greetings
Greeting your friends and family during the time of Hanukkah is very important. It’s a sign that you understand the importance of this holiday and respect its meaning. A simple “Happy Hanukkah” is fine, but here is a list of greetings that can add to your Hanukkah message.
Let the lights lead your way to a Happy Hanukkah.
May you enjoy good health and prosperity not only at Hanukkah, but throughout the year!
God’s loving embrace is felt even more dearly at Hanukkah.
Smile and do not worry, celebrate the Festival of Lights!
Celebrate peace, love, happiness, and joy at Hanukkah!
Share your Hanukkah celebration with everyone, it is a time of giving and loving.
Let the light of the menorah brighten your Hanukkah spirit.
Give thanks to the Lord because it is for him that we celebrate Hanukkah.
May your children enjoy the celebration of Hanukkah and share your love with them.
Wishes for Hanukkah
You and I may believe in different faiths but our hopes for the holiday season are the same, joy in our lives, love in our hearts, peace in our world. Happy Chanukah!
May the happiness you find at Hanukkah last throughout the year.
Here’s hoping that this season of beauty and light fills your home with happiness.
Remember what a miracle Chanukah is and rejoice by lighting the menorah candles.
Please celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah with all the smiles the holiday brings.
May you find the same happiness and success you enjoy at Chanukah for many years to come.
The smiles on the children’s faces signal to us that it is the season of Hanukkah.
God’s love is pure and at this time of year we celebrate Hanukkah to honor him.
Happy Hanukkah 2020
May your children receive lots of Hanukkah chocolate gelt each night. Happy Hanukkah!
Let the light of Hanukkah shine on you all year long.
May Chanukah be more than a Festival of Lights, may it also be a Festival of Togetherness, Health, Joy, and Peace. Happy Hanukkah!
Keep the smiles of Hanukkah now and into the New Year!
In addition to the menorah, may our faith be a light to guide us through life.
May your household feel the blessings of God this Chanukah.
Cast out pain, sadness, and darkness, and rejoice in the light of Hanukkah!
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Happy Hanukkah Messages
The messages and wishes that you send to friends and family of the Jewish faith are signals that you care for them. It is an easy thing to do to wish a Happy Hanukkah and share your appreciation for the celebration. But your simple gesture will mean a lot to those that are receiving your good will messages and wishes.
Here’s wishing that Hanukkah is an especially joyous and happy time for you and your family.
A Chanukah wish that your heart be filled with love and your home be filled with joy.
Wishing you a peaceful and Happy Hanukkah!
Let the menorah candles shine brightly on you and your family at Hanukkah.
Warm wishes for a joyous Hanukkah filled with love and happiness.
May you have a multitude of blessings, good health, and a long life. Happy Hanukkah!
I wish eight nights that warm your heart and fill you with joy. Happy Hanukkah!
It’s Hanukkah, eat as many latkes as you wish!
Wishing you and yours a Chanukah filled with beauty and light. Happy Holidays!
Family, Food, and Friendship, that’s what Chanukah is all about.
May the light fill your house with the glow of the Lord our God.
Peace and Joy
Wishing you a warm and wonderful Chanukah filled with love and laughs.
Hanukkah reminds us to have hope and reminds us that God works wonders.
May you be as happy as the children on Hanukkah!
From our family to yours, we wish you the best for this Chanukah season!
Light the candles and let the candles lead your way to joy. Happy Hanukkah!
Wishing you nothing but smiles for Hanukkah.
Sending you warm wishes and hopes that your hearts are filled with the Hanukkah spirit.
Family and Friends are the most wonderful part of Hanukkah celebrate with them now and all year long.
We are led by the glow of the candles and by our glorious Father who never forsakes us. Happy Hanukkah!
The phrase Chag Sameach means “Happy Holiday” or “Joyous Festival” in Hebrew. Chag means Holiday in Hebrew and Sameach is the Hebrew word for Happy. This greeting’s roots are in the Torah (Deuteronomy 16:14), The two words are used to encourage people to rejoice during festivals.
It is also appropriate to say Chag Chanukah Sameach meaning Happy Chanukah. This phrase is used for a number of different Jewish Holidays and Festivals, including Passover, Sukkot, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, and others.
Happy Hanukkah in Hebrew
Hanukkah is named for the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The word Hanukkah means “dedication,” “consecration,” or “inauguration” in Hebrew. Many people have problems correctly pronouncing the word and there are 15 different ways to spell it in English.
The holiday of Hanukkah is not mentioned in the Torah. However, it does appear in the bible in John 10:22-23. The apostle John’s account features Jesus attending the Festival of Dedication for the Second Temple. The reason it does not appear in the Torah is the Torah was written before the rededication took place.
What is Hanukkah?
The story of Hanukkah is a story of two miracles. Antiochus III, Seleucid king of Syria took control of Judea (known also as the Land of Israel). This king allowed the Jews to continue practicing their religion. But when his son, Antiochus IV Epiphanes took control of the throne, he ordered the Jews to renounce their religion and worship Greek Gods.
The Second Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed. The son of a Jewish priest,Judah Maccabee, leads a rebellion. Within two years he had driven the Syrians out of Jerusalem using guerrilla warfare tactics. This was considered the first miracle as the Maccabee militia were heavily outnumbered by the Syrians.
Judah ordered the Second Temple rebuilt and announced a rededication ceremony. The menorah in the Temple was lit, but there was only enough oil for one day. However, the lights shone brightly for eight days, completing the second miracle. This second miracle became a legend and led to the establishment of the eight day celebration of Hanukkah.
When is Hanukkah?
The actual dates of the Hanukkah celebration are determined by the Jewish religious calendar. It begins at sunset on the 25th day of Kislev (the 9th month in the religious calendar). It continues until nightfall on the 3rd day of Tevet (the 10th month in the religious calendar).
In 2020, the celebration begins on Thursday, December 10, and ends on Friday, December 18.
How to Celebrate Hanukkah
The “Festival of Lights” is observed by lighting a candle each night for eight consecutive nights. The menorah is a candelabrum with nine branches. Eight of the candles represent the days that the menorah remained lit in the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The ninth candle is called the Shamash (a Hebrew word for “attendant” or “helper”). The shamash is used to light the other candles each night.
In addition to lighting the candles, special prayers are recited and songs are sung to celebrate the holiday. Children often receive toys like dreidels (small wooden tops) or gold foil wrapped chocolate coins called “gelt.” This is a fairly new tradition and was probably adopted due to the celebration’s proximity to Christmas.
Traditional foods are served like latkes (potato pancakes), and Sufganiyah (round jelly doughnuts). More recently families have come together to make butter cookies or pretzels in the shape of Hanukkah symbols. The latkes and Sufganiyah are fried in oil to symbolize the oil used in the menorah in the Second Temple.
On the last night of Hanukkah, all eight candles are lit. Each night, a blessing is said in Hebrew. The translation of the blessing is…”Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to kindle the Hanukkah lights.”
Adam Sandler Song on Hanukkah
Other Jewish Holidays
In addition to Hanukkah, other Jewish holidays include:
Passover, (Pesach in Hebrew), celebrates the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt and appears in the book of Exodus. It is a week long festival that includes a special meal called a seder. All leavend food products are removed from the house and matzo is substituted for bread. It is one of the most sacred and widely celebrated of the Jewish holidays. Passover is celebrated in April typically.
Shavuot celebrates the wheat harvest (referenced in Exodus 34:22) and may fall anytime between May 15th and June 14th. This holiday also commemorates when the Torah is given to the Jewish people signifying their service to God. It is commonly celebrated with dairy foods like cheese blintzes, cheesecake, cheese kreplach, cheese ravioli, and more.
Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year” in Hebrew. It is the Jewish New Year. It precedes Yom Kippur and is a two day celebration. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world by God. Along with Yom Kippur, it is considered as one of the two highest holy days in the Jewish religion. A traditional meal might include, Gefilte Fish, Beef Brisket, Chicken Soup, Oven Baked Potatoes, and Cake.
Sukkot is the festival of the booths, shelters, or tabernacles. Sukkah is the singular of Sukkot. A Sukkah was a temporary shelter that farmers would live in during harvest time. For the festival, celebrants build make-shift Sukkot out of wood, fabric, or other materials. The roof must be made of plant material like palm leaves. During the festival, meals are eaten in the sukkah. It is celebrated in late September or early October.
Yom Kippur is the Sabbath of the Sabbaths and the Day of Atonement. While it is a very holy day, it is not a holiday or a celebration. It is the most holy day in the Jewish religion. This holiday calls for a 25 hour period of intense prayer at the synagogue and at home. Participants fast during this period to atone for sins and their actions. It is observed in September or October. Check out our Yom Kippur Greetings page.
Happy Hanukkah to Everyone!
— Tim Moodie
Tim Moodie, a copywriter and creative director, spent many years writing witty sayings on greeting cards, coffee mugs, and toilet paper for Recycled Paper Products.
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