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Comienza Esta Noche la Fiesta de Janucá

By December 8, 2012

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The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, begins at sundown tonight. Although it isn't the biggest event on the Jewish calendar, it nonetheless is connected with an important victory over oppression more than two millenniums ago. Our translation of an article on Hanukkah from About's Judaism site provides more information.

If you've seen other Spanish-language materials about Hanukkah, you may have noticed that it's sometimes spelled as Jánuka instead of the Janucá used here. Neither is incorrect, just as in English both the spellings Hanukkah and Chanukah (among others) are used. All are an attempt to get fairly close to the pronunciation of the original word, a process that is known as transliteration. Although pronunciation varies with region, Spanish speakers usually pronounce the J with a gutteral sound, making the Spanish pronunciation closer to the Hebrew sound than the English pronunciation usually is.

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