Survey says: Hanukkah most popular spelling of Jewish Festival of Lights

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Hanukkah commemorates the victory of Jewish revolutionaries, the Maccabees, over the tyrant Antiochus, who outlawed Judaism in 167 B.C. "The Jewish calendar is based on a lunar calendar, that's why (the date) changes every year". "Being forced to listen to them in supermarkets, shopping centers, on the radio and TV bothered me".

US President Donald Trump wished his "Jewish brothers and sisters" in America, Israel and across the world a happy Hanukkah on Tuesday, as Jews lit candles worldwide to celebrate the holiday.

Hanukkah begins on the eve of the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev.

Ten years ago Horovitz moved to Israel, where Jews comprise roughly 75 percent of the population.

In some families, if they don't agree on what holiday to celebrate, in some instances, they just don't celebrate any, he said. "This is my religion, these are my songs, my decorations, my kids being educated to love their heritage, and being embraced by it from all sides". This accounts for why there are four commonly spelling variants: Hanukkah, Hanukah, Chanukah and Channukah.

Christmas became a big deal in their home, too. Instead, some say that the festival of lights may be a second Sukkot, a harvest festival that lasts eight days, but geared toward olive growers.

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"Hanukkah is the only holiday that Jews celebrate in the outdoors", Tiechtel said.

The nine-foot menorah in Estero, which the Chabad said is Estero's largest menorah, will be part of the 14th community Hanukkah celebration for the Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero. "It's the time of year when the differences between Jews and their neighbors seem most stark".

Now that her children are no longer little, McLeod said both Hanukkah and Christmas are different. The remaining 4 percent belong to other religious minorities or have no religion.

Producers of Judaica, consumer goods and advertisers saw a great opportunity in marketing Hanukkah as a Jewish alternative to Christmas, manufacturing new ritual objects, promoting special holiday foods, and encouraging parents to shower their children with gifts thereby making them immune to "Christmas envy". The menorah went missing last week.

"The Israeli tradition it to eat jelly doughnuts, so we'll be sure to have some of those as well", Weinberg added. Several city council members, rabbis from various Nashville synagogues and members of the Jewish community watched and prayed in the cold evening air. Festigal, a live music and dance show for children, is an annual tradition. In this game, each player starts with the same amount of playing pieces, typically chocolate coins called "gelt", which take the place of real money.