33 Festive Happy Hanukkah Greetings and Wishes

Published October 19, 2022
Jewish son and mother lighting the Menorah for Hanukkah at home

Hanukkah isn't necessarily one of the most important Jewish holidays, but it's the most festive and fun. Sometimes it's mistakenly called the Jewish Christmas, but Hanukkah is a celebration of love, happiness, and blessings that takes place during late November or December. Hanukkah greetings and knowing exactly when and how to say happy Hanukkah to your Jewish friends, family, and colleagues is thoughtful and important.

Traditional Hanukkah Greetings

When Jewish people greet one another during Hanukkah, they traditionally say:

  • "Hanukkah sameach!" meaning "Happy Hanukkah!"
  • "Chag Urim sameach" means "Happy Festival of Lights."
  • "Chag sameach!" meaning "Happy holiday!."
  • "Chag sameach" means "Let the light shine every day of your life!"

Happy Hanukkah Greetings

Happy Hanukkah Greeting

A simple "Happy Hanukkah" will do when you meet someone on the street. However, if you're sending a card or need a social media greeting, it should be a bit more personal, creative, or funny.

  • Wishing you love, light, and 8 nights of Hanukkah magic!
  • Be the light that helps others see! Happy Hanukah!
  • May the shiny bright lights of the menorah be a reminder of the miracle Hanukkah represents.
  • May this festival bring blessings to you and your family!
  • Happy Festival of Lights! May your candles burn bright this season!
  • Hanukkah greetings for light, love, peace, and happiness.
  • Wishing you prosperity, love, laughter, and a Happy Hanukkah!
  • Rejoice and celebrate in the light and love of Hanukkah!
  • Take joy in the Festival of Lights; spread joy and love to those you meet!
  • Wishing you a lifetime of light and a joyous eight-day festival!
  • Let the flickering lights of Hanukkah guide your life!
  • May the lights of the menorah candles be a beacon of light on your path to joy.
  • Wishing you a wonderful eight nights of love, laughter, and light.
  • May the glimmer and glow of each candle you light bring blessings and warmth and make your day bright! Happy Hanukkah!
  • Happy Hanukkah! Thank you for being a light in my world.
  • You light up my life like the menorah lights up a room!
  • May you be surrounded by laughter and loved ones this Hanukkah season!
  • May the celebrations of Hanukkah be full of high spirits and glory for you!

  • I wish you happiness and smiles with your family and friends. Happy Hanukkah!

  • May the miracle of Hanukkah be a permanent fixture in your life.

  • It's Hanukkah! Remember the good things in life!

  • May you light up the world. Happy Hanukkah!

Funukkah Hanukkah Greetings

Funukkah Hanukkah Greeting

Your Jewish friends have a terrific sense of humor and are bound to find these funukkah Hanukkah greetings meaningful!

  • Happy Hanukkah! Or is it Chanukah, Hanukah, Hanuka, Channukah, Chanukkah, or Chanuka? However, you spell it - I hope yours is the happiest!
  • So, I'll get a gift on Christmas morning, but you? You'll get a gift for eight nights! Happy Happy Hanukkah!!!
  • Merry Hanukkah! Happy Christmas!
  • It's Hanukkah! Go for the latke, and plenty of gelt too!
  • I hope your celebration is full of light, love, latkes, and applesauce!
  • Happy Challah Days! Dreidel on!
  • "Hanukkah Matata! It means no worries, at least for the next eight days!" (Lion King)
  • May your halls be decked with boughs of Challah! Happy Hanukkah!

  • "Put on your yarmulke, it's time for Hanukkah!" (Adam Sandler)

  • "On this lovely, lovely Hanukkah, drink your gin and tonic-ha." (Adam Sandler)
  • "So much funukkah, to celebrate Hanukkah!" (Adam Sandler)

What Is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish celebration marking the rededication of the second temple in Jerusalem. It's observed for eight nights and days every year. Hanukkah always begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev on the Jewish lunar-solar calendar. It falls between late November and December on the Gregorian Calendar (you'll need to check out the exact date each year). Jewish people worldwide celebrate the festival by lighting candles in a traditional eight-branch candle holder called a Menorah, eating oily foods like jelly doughnuts and latkes, and spending time with their families and communities.

Hanukkah Greetings

The Jewish community celebrates several important holy days throughout the year, including Passover, Yom Kippur, and Rosh Hashanah. But Hanukkah is a relatively "minor" Jewish holiday that's the most well-known outside the Jewish community. So, even if you're a gentile, knowing a few Hanukkah greetings can show you care about your Jewish friends, family, and associates and that you're not a complete schlemiel... a Yiddish word for fool.

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33 Festive Happy Hanukkah Greetings and Wishes