Knowing how to say happy Hanukkah is important for anyone who enjoys sharing holiday greetings with friends, family members or colleagues. While the actual phrase “Happy Hanukkah” is an appropriate greeting for the Jewish observance of Hanukkah, it is not the only one. Discover several ways to properly share wishes and greetings in the spirit of the Hanukkah season.
How to Say Happy Hanukkah: Different Greetings & Wishes
How to Say Happy Hanukkah in Hebrew
If you want to wish someone a happy Hanukkah in Hebrew rather than using the equivalent words in English, use the Hebrew phrase “Hanukkah sameach” (KHänəkə saˈme.aχ).
- In the Hebrew alphabet, this phrase is written as חֲנוּכָּה שַׂמֵחַ.
- In English, both Hanukkah and Chanukah are considered correct spellings.
Alternate Happy Hanukkah Greetings and Wishes
It isn’t necessary to use the specific phrase “Happy Hanukkah or “Hanukkah sameach” to share positive wishes for the holiday.
“Chag sameach” translates to “joyful festival” in English. This greeting is used the way that the phrase “happy holidays” is used. It is not limited to Hanukkah, but rather can be used as a greeting or statement of well-wishes for many festivals or holidays. The time of year you use the greeting will let people know which holiday you mean.
- pronunciation - χaɡ saˈme.aχ
- Hebrew writing - חַג שָׂמֵחַ
Chag Hanukkah Sameach
While “chag sameach” can be used as a generic greeting for several observances, it is common for people to insert the name of a particular holiday in between the two words of the phrase. As a result “chag Hanukkah sameach” is a greeting used to wish someone a joyful Hanukkah festival.
- pronunciation - χaɡ KHänəkə saˈme.aχ
- Hebrew writing - חַג חֲנוּכָּה שָׂמֵחַ
Chag Urim Sameach
Since Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights, “chag urim sameach” is another appropriate Hanukkah greeting. Urim means lights, so using this phrase translates as joyful festival of lights.
- pronunciation - χaɡ yur·uhm saˈme.aχ
- Hebrew writing - חַג אורים שָׂמֵחַ
Phrases for Happy Hanukkah Cards and Messages
If you want to go beyond using a basic happy Hanukkah greeting to include a longer message in a card, email, social media post, letter, or other form of communication related to the Jewish observance of Hanukkah, consider one of these thoughtful options.
- Blessings to you for a joyous festival of light.
- Hanukkah greetings for peace, love and happiness.
- I wish for you to enjoy prosperity, love and laughter.
- Invite the lights of Hanukkah to lead the way in your life.
- Let the light shine everyday of your life.
- Let us remain steadfast in the wonder of God.
- Let your faith in the Lord be a beacon of light in your life.
- May the candles be your beacon of light on the path to joy.
- May the glow of the menorah provide light and love.
- May the light of the menorah shine in your life every day.
- May the love of the Lord fill your home and heart with life.
- May the miracle of light bring peace and happiness to your life.
- May you be surrounded by family, friends, love, and abundance.
- May you experience abundance and love this holiday season.
- May your life be filled with light and joy.
- Never forget the miracle of Hanukkah.
- Persevere in our Lord for a miracle to light the way.
- Rejoice in the light and love of Hanukkah.
- Sending blessings of Hanukkah for health, happiness, peace and prosperity.
- Take joy in the Festival of Lights; spread joy and love to all you meet.
- Warm wishes for the spirit of Hanukkah to fill your home and heart.
- Wishing you a joyous eight-day festival and a lifetime of light.
- Wishing you the rewards of perseverance.
- Wishing your family a season of love, light and happiness.
Many Ways to Share Happy Hanukkah Wishes
Whether you observe Hanukkah yourself or you’re searching for an appropriate way to share greetings of the season with someone who does, these Hanukkah words and phrases can help you share holiday sentiments. Use these greetings and messages to spread joy and light during Hanukkah this year. With so many options, you’re sure to find exactly the right thing to say.
If exploring these greetings has lit a spark of interest in the Hebrew language and traditions in the Jewish faith, this is a great time to learn even more. For more interesting words, discover some interesting Jewish slang words.