What to Write in a Hanukkah Card?

on November 04, 2020

Hanukkah, the wintertime eight-day festival of lights is celebrated with lighting the famous menorah, candelabrum that’s one of the symbols of Judaism.

Jews all over the world gather to celebrate a miracle, recite special prayers, and also exchange gifts.

In the centre of Hannukah celebration is the menorah, a nine-branched candelabrum
Photo: Kseniya Chernaya, Pexels

Sounds like Christmas? Maybe a little, but two holidays haven't got much in common - Hanukkah isn’t a Jewish Christmas (actually Christmas would be a Christian version of Hanukkah as Judaism is older).

The word Hanukkah means something totally different - it means 'rededication' and celebrates one of the greatest miracles in Jewish history, a battle won over 2000 years ago. Back then Jews fought the mighty Greeks, and the triumph allowed them to practice their religion freely.

Two millenniums after, wishing a Happy Hanukkah with a greeting card to family and friends is a nice gesture. Especially in a time like 2020. when house visits aren’t something we all do.

Saying “Happy Hanukkah” is usually enough, but you can always be more creative with your greeting. We prepared some Hannukah greeting card ideas for you to get inspired.

Hanukkah Greeting Ideas

  1. Wishing you good health, joy, and peace during this special season!
    What better way to share your greetings than by sending well wishes for your loved ones? Send blessings their way with this short yet meaningful greeting, which is sure to put a smile on their face.
  2. May the Festival of Lights bring light to you and your loved ones.
    Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights due to the traditional candle lighting that occurs during the holiday. Thus, you can incorporate this message into your Hanukkah greeting to send love and light to your recipients.
  3. Sending you a latke love!
    Latkes are Jewish potato pancakes that are often served during Hanukkah, so you can use a creative pun and add this to your message to inject some humour in your greeting.
  4. Best wishes to you during these eight days of happiness and peace.
    This is another simple but meaningful message that you can send to your loved ones. Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days and nights, so you can add this part to your greeting.

Happy Hanukkah in Hebrew

While you can certainly send and write your Hanukkah well-wishes in your own language, you can also send your greetings in Hebrew.

The classic Happy Hanukkah or happy holidays can be translated as “Hanukkah sameach!” or “Chag sameach!” Alternatively, you can write “Chag urim sameach,” which translates to Happy Festival of Lights.

Make your Hanukkah holidays more meaningful by sending special greetings to your loved ones and people with whom you share close relationships.

During the eight-day celebration, you can enjoy the festivities and commemorate different Jewish historical moments.