Hanukkah or Chanukah
That’s up to you! Hebrew to English translations are perfect so there are many spellings of the festival including Hanukkah, Hannuka, or Chanukah, and most commonly Hanukkah.

Hanukkah Traditions

Quite simply, a game of dreidel is gambling with a little spinning top. The dreidel has 4 sides each with a Hebrew letter. Depending on where your dreidel stops you will take nothing, take everything, take half or put one in the pot. Dreidel is played with gelt, gold coins, another popular symbol of Hanukkah. Children use chocolate gelt to play during the festival. 

Fried Foods
Since we’re celebrating the miracle of the oil, cooking with it seems obvious. The most popular fried dishes during Hanukkah are latkes, fried potato pancakes, and sufganiyot, a jelly donut. 

Hanukkah Gifts
Historically, gelt was given as a gift but modern-day consumerism has led to a little extra pressure on the gift giving side of Hanukkah, so now, especially in the US, more gifts are given during the 8-day festival.

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