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The holidays are upon us. It's the time of year when family recipes are dusted off, family begins to arrive and a festive atmosphere reigns.
But one question pops up year after year in regards to the Jewish Festival of Lights: Is it spelled 'Hanukkah' or 'Chanukah'?
Hanukkah begins on the Tuesday evening, December 20, 2011, and ends Wednesday evening, December 28, 2011. The word "Hanukkah" comes from the Hebrew verb meaning "to dedicate". The holiday honors the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
A quick Google search shows 49,700,000 results for 'Hanukkah', but only about 9,910,000 for 'Chanukah'. According to Dictionary.com, both of these spellings are considered acceptable .
Ultimately, there are many different spellings, but sticking with either 'Chanukah' or 'Hanukkah' is your safest bet.
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