Hanukkah

Italian Hanukkah vocabulary
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Festive Italian Vocabulary

The Jewish festival of Hanukkah lasts for eight days sometime between late November and the end of each year. The dates vary because they are not based on the Gregorian calendar, aka solar calendar. Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev, the ninth month in the Hebrew calendar.

How do you say Hanukkah in Italian?

The name of the holiday has several spellings in both Italian and English because Hebrew is written with a different alphabet, which leads to spelling variations when transcribing it.

English Italian
Hanukkah Hanukkah
Hanukah Channukah
Hanukka Chanukkah
Chanukah Chanukkà

So "Happy Hanukkah!" may be any of the following in Italian:

  • Felice Hanukkah!
  • Felice Channukah!
  • Felice Chanukkah!
  • Felice Chanukkà!

In addition, Hanukkah is known by two other names:

  1. The Festival of Lights – la Festa delle Luci, la Festa dei Lumi
  2. The Feast of Dedication – la Festa della Dedicazione
 Decorations and Details Decorazioni e dettagli
 blessing una benedizione 
Dreidelcandle una candela 
coin una moneta 
December dicembre 
door una porta 
Dreidel (spinning top) una trottola 
 eight days otto giorni 
 family la famiglia 
 game un gioco 
 gift un regalo 
 Hebrew (language) l’ebraicoHanukkah menorah
 Jewish ebreo
 kosher kosher
 lighter un accendino
 match un fiammifero
 menorah la chanukkià*
 miracle un miracolo
 November novembre
 pocket money la paghetta 
 prayer una preghiera 
 rabbi il rabbino 
 Sabbath il sabato 
 song una canzone 
Star of Davidstar of David la stella di Davide 
sunset il tramonto 
temple il tempio 
Torah la Torah 
victory la vittoria 
window la finestra 
     
 Hanukkah Foods Cibo di Hanukkah 
 applesauce la salsa di mele 
 bread il pane 
 brisket la punta di pettoOil
 cheese il formaggio
 chicken il pollo
 dairy products i latticini
 doughnut una ciambella
 milk il latte
 oil l’olio
 potato pancake, latke una frittella di patate 
 sour cream la panna acida 
 turkey il tacchino 
     
 Hanukkah Verbs Verbi di Hanukkah 
 to burn bruciare 
 to eat mangiare 
 to fry friggere 
 to light (a candle, the menorah) accendere (una candela, la chanukkià)
 to sing cantare 

 * Una chanukkià is a special nine-branched menorah for Hanukkah. A regular seven-branched menorah is called una menorah.

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