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Happy Hanukkah or Hannukah or Chanukah

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Kate Hudson Celebrates Hanukkah

Kate Hudson celebrates. How does she spell it?

How do you spell the holiday anyway? There are up to six different spellings of the word that are common. So, do we say Happy Hanukkah or Hannukah or Chanukah or…..

We know there are some celebs who are starting their celebration of the holiday today and some celeb families, too. I wonder how they spell it? And what is the reason for all the spellings, anyway?

In original Hebrew, the holiday only has five letters. There is only one correct spelling in Hebrew: the letters chet, nun, vav ,kaf, hey.

But, how that translates to English is what is up for debate. Spelling it in English seems to depend on your phonetic preference, which is why we see so many different spellings. Some versions are even chosen over the way that they look- as in liking the look of double kk’s instead of double nn’s.

Whether you spell it Hanukkah, Hannukah, Chanukah, Chanuko, or even Xanuka or a spelling that I left out… Happy Holidays!

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2 thoughts on “Happy Hanukkah or Hannukah or Chanukah

  1. joann mannix says:

    My sister is a converted Jew. I have no idea how they spell it. But at her daughter Lena’s Jewish preschool, they are celebrating and one of the things they’re doing is letting the four year olds come to temple and sing songs for the congregation. They are encouraged to sing traditional Jewish songs, but Lena is Lena. And she got up there and started singing, “Now put your hands up. Up in the club. We just broke up. I’m doin’ my own little thing.” She’s more of a Beyonce girl than a traditional Jewish girl.

    Put on your yalmuka. Here comes Hannukah!

  2. Cheryl D. says:

    You pretty much answered the question. Because Chanukah is a transliteration of a Hebrew word, there’s no one correct spelling. We just all pick the one we like best (I’m sure the same can be said for celebs).

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