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8 Fun Facts of Hanukkah: Meaning of the Word

Hanukkah is the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights that is celebrated all over the world. The word "Hanukkah," which can also be spelled "Chanukah," is the Hebrew word for dedication. Broken down, the syllable "chanu" means "they rested" and the syllable "kah" has the numerical value "25."
 
Thus, it follows that Hanukkah is celebrated on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. This is because it is the day that the war against the Greek-Syrian army ended, and is day the Jews were able to "rest."

Believe it or not, there are 17 correct ways to spell Hanukkah: Chanuccah, Channuka, Channukah, Chanuka, Chanukkah, Chanuko, Hannuka, Hannukah, Hanuka, Hanukkah, Hanukka, Hannukka, Kanukkah, Khannuka, Khannukah, Khanukkah, Khanukkah."
 
For more Hanukkah inspiration, check out Famous People Who Celebrate Hanukkah and 8 Fun Facts of Hanukkah: The Giving of Gifts.
 
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