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Spanish language Spanish Hanukkah 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 Spanish?

Spanish, unlike English and French, has a sound equivalent to the H at the begining of Hanukkah, which means there is a single correct Spanish spelling: janucá.

So "Happy Hanukkah!" is ¡Feliz janucá!

Hanukkah is also known by two other names:

  1. The Festival of Lights - la Fiesta de las Luminarias
  2. The Feast of Dedication - la Fiesta de la dedicación
  Decorations and Details   Décoraciones y detalles
  blessing   una bendición  
Dreidel candle   una vela  
coin   una moneda  
December   diciembre  
door   una puerta  
Dreidel (spinning top)   la peonza  
  eight days   ocho días  
  family   la familia  
  game   un juego  
  gift   un regalo  
  Jewish   judío Hanukkah menorah
  kosher   kosher
  menorah   la januquiá
  miracle   un milagro
  November   noviembre
  pocket money   el dinero para gastos  
  prayer   una oración  
  rabbi   el rabino  
  Sabbath   el sabbat  
  song   una canción  
Star of David star of David   la estrella de David  
sunset   la puesta del sol  
temple   el templo  
victory   la victoria  
window   una ventana  
         
  Hanukkah Foods   Alimentos de Hanoucca  
  applesauce   la compota de manzana  
  bread   el pan  
  cheese   el queso Oil
  dairy products   los productos lácteos
  doughnut   el dona, el buñuelo
  milk   la leche
  oil   el aceite
  potato pancake, latke   una tortita de patata
  sour cream   la crema agria  
         
  Hanukkah Verbs   Verbos de Hanoucca  
  to burn   quemar  
  to eat   comer  
  to fry   freír  
  to light (the menorah)   encender (la januquiá)  
  to sing   cantar  

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