Hanukkah

Italian Hanukkah vocabulary
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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  
Dreidel candle   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’ebraico Hanukkah 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 David star 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 petto Oil
  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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