Hanukkah or Chanukah?

Have you always wondered why the Jewish Festival of Lights is sometimes written with an H and other times with a Ch? You are not alone! Hanukkah and Chanukah refer to the same eight-day festival. The “Ch” version is not meant to be pronounced like the “ch” in “chin”. It is actually meant to sound more like an “h” with a guttural throat clearing. The change in spelling serves as a reminder that the Hebrew word would be pronounced with a throaty “h”  not a typical English “h”.

Check out our English lesson plan on Chanukah in our Holidays & Events section.


Happy Chanukah!

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  1. seburnt@fourc.ca'

    Tyson Seburn (@seburnt) says:

    Dec 22, 2011 at 4:51 am

    I’d assume it comes down to the romanisation of the Hebrew word and the differences in rules for doing so. Korean romanisation went through a governmental change across the board while I was there. I can’t tell you how confusing that was.

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