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The English version of this popular children's Chanukah song.

Oh, Chanukah! Oh, Chanukah!

Oh, Chanukah! Oh, Chanukah!

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Translation

Oh Chanukah, oh Chanukah,
A holiday a lovely one,
A happy, a joyful one,
There is none like it!
Every night at dreidl do we play,
Fresh hot latkes we eat without end.

Come children, hurry,
the Chanukah candles we will light.
Let's sing "al hanisim",
Let's thank G‑d for the miracles,
Let's all dance together.

This is the English version of this popular children's Chanukah song

Oh Chanukah, Oh Chanukah
Come light the Menorah
Let's have a party
We'll all dance the Horah

Spin the whirling dreidels
All week long
Eating the sizzling latkes
Sing a happy song

Now light them tonight then
The candles all in a row
We tell the wondrous story
of G‑d in all His glory
The wonders of long ago.

Yiddish Text:

אוי חנוכה אוי חנוכה
א יום טוב א שיינע
א ליכטיגע א פרייליכע
נישט דא נאך א זיינע
אלע נאכט מיט דריידלעך ,שפילן מיר
פרישע הייסע לאטקעס ,עסן אן א שיעור

קומט קינדער געשווינדער
די חנוכה ליכט ,וועלן מיר אנצונדען
זאגט על הניסים
לובט ג-ט פאר די נסים
לאמיר אלע טאנצען צוזאמען


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Ta'Nia Mcknight 112th street November 14, 2016

I like the oh Chanukah song and its my first time listening to it an I already know it thanks for putting it on this website if it weren't for you I would not have learned something new. Reply

Anonymous December 7, 2012

Thanks! Reply

Anonymous December 3, 2012

The song u posted is called two horas for Hanukkah!! Reply

Tammy Houser Middlebury, IN December 1, 2012

For Angee - Thank you! I'm reading The Diary of Anne Frank with a junior high English class, and have found the lyrics you and I remembered, in it. Many years ago, I learned them in a high school production of the play. Amazing how the things we learn in our youth come back to us 50 years later! Reply

Muriel Esther Elwood, NY November 29, 2012

In 1969, my fourth grade chorus sang a song for our holiday concert that began, "Spinning Spinning, Whirling Whirling (2x) When I was a little child I used to dance the hora, in the flickering candle light that shown from my menorah, tops all spinning 'round, what a whirling sound, everyone gay, for Chanukah so merry!" Does anyone know the name of this song and its publisher/author? Reply

Angee Sluder Kennewick, WA November 20, 2012

Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah The sweet celebration Around the feast we gather in complete jubilation Many are the reasons for good cheer Now that the Season of Lights is here Many are the reasons for good cheer Now that the Season of Lights is here Together we'll weather whatever tomorrow may bring So hear us rejoicing and merrily voicing the Hanukkah song that we sing So hear us rejoicing and merrily voicing the Hanukkah song that we sing Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah The Festival of Joy A holiday, a jolly day for every girl and boy Whirling dreidels all week long Eating latkes, singing songs Whirling dreidels all week long Eating latkes, singing songs Now light them, tonight then The candles all in a row Retell the story of God in his glory and dance by the flickering glow Retell the story and God in his glory dance by the flickering glow Reply

Tammy Houser Middlebury, IN November 14, 2012

Does anyone know a version that begins "O Hanukka..The sweet celebration!" I think I learned that as a student teacher (I'm not Jewish) years ago, but can't find it anywhere now. Reply

anonymous New York, NY December 21, 2011

Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the menorah
Let's have a party, we'll all dance the hora
Gather round the table, we'll give you a treat
Dreidels to play with and latkes to eat
or (sevivon to play with and latkes to eat)


And while we are playing
The candles are burning low
One for each night, they shed a sweet light
To remind us of days long ago
One for each night, they shed a sweet light
To remind us of days long ago Reply

Anonymous NY December 20, 2011

I know the one oh H, Oh H, a festival of joy, a holi day a jolly day for every girl and boy, spin the whirling dreidle all week long, eat the sizzling latkes, sing the happy songs, now light them, tonight then, the flickering candles in a row, retell the wondrous story of G and all his glory and dance by the candles cheering glow, repeat, it could have be we tell or re-tell, not sure. Reply

Anonymous Lexington, MA November 27, 2011

Do you have the 2nd stanza of Oy Chanukah? It contains the phrases"... Di shtot yerushalaim hot vider ogelebt und to a naiyer lebn hot yederer geshlept..."

Thanks Reply

Maria Taissa rio de janeiro, brasil December 4, 2010

My mother studied these song in Idisch. Reply

Judith L Witten Brockton, Ma/USA October 3, 2010

I remember when I was a little girl and mom would be preparing for the Chanukah holiday and dad would be preparing for the Chanukah holiday and what can I say, they would be arguing right up to the lighting of the menorah and dad would tell stories about the holiday and mom would look so beautiful-when I turned this song on this morning-I cried and saw dad in his suit and mom all dressed up lighting the menorah-They passed on now,eight years exactly-six months apart from each other-they couldn't live without each other-Wow, I thought it was longer than eight years now just goes to show you how you can miss your parents and Chanukah the way it was. Thank you for this song Reply

George SLC, UT June 21, 2010

Tom, the name of the song is "Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah". If you have found it, then great, if not, here you have it. Reply

Anonymous Montreal, qc April 26, 2010

I am not Jewish, I am of Greek Origin born and riased in Montreal. In my fourth grade choir we were taught a Chaunica song at the same time as Christmas songs, and so honoring our Jewish Classmates.

That was almost thirty years ago. I don't remember any of the Christmas songs we performed that year, but I remember the verison of the Chaunica song like it were yesterday:

Tis the week of Chaunica, Good cheer it is bringing, this holiday we celebrate with dancing and singing, gather round together, the hora we'll do, then join in a song that our forefathers knew, but hush now, and come now, the candles we light one by one, then hear the story of G-d and his glory and how precious freedom was won!

The version posted on this site has the same melody, but other words.

Im wondering if our teacher did not change the actual lyrics for our benefit, or the version I remember is just another version out there..

Thanks! Reply

Anonymous Portland, Oregon December 11, 2009

that song was cool! Reply

Charna Plymouth, Wi December 9, 2009

I a from New Jersey, I will would sing the last par of the song, One for each night to shed a seet light that reminds us of times long a go. Reply

Gwendoline Lamb Teesside, England UK December 6, 2009

I am so pleased that, alll over the world, people are sending in their own versions since I ORIGINALLY asked the question from here in Northern England if anyone knew it??! But what I REALLY would like to hear is a boys` choir singing the orginial song in YIDDISH please....and I wish all everyone celebrating Chanukah the world over a FEILICHEN CHANUKAH with lots of dsoughnuts (English spelling!!) and latkes!!! Shavua Tov.... Reply

Anonymous Copenhagen, Denmark December 5, 2009

You can find verse # 2 at the amazing new international Yiddish web-site called KOPJIK INTERNATIONAL Edition: www.kopjik.wordpress.com/chanuka-and-latkes Reply

Marty Gamble Knox, TN August 26, 2009

For Tom -
I used to sing this same song in the school choir duing holiday programs. I am a Christian and I still love this song! I grew up with many Jewish friends that remain some of my closest friends today and this was a nice way to connect with them during the celebration of Hanukkah. Just goes to show you can mix church and state without all of us ending up emotionally damaged for life! Reply

Tom largo, florida June 25, 2009

I used to sing a song when I was a child in the school choir.
it went soemthing like this:
Tis the week of Hannukah, good cheer we are

bringing,
This holiday we celebrate with dancing and

singing,
Gather 'round together the Horah we'll do,
Then join in the song that our forefathers knew.

But hush now, and come now,
the candles we light one by one.
And then hear the story of God and his Glory,
and how precious freedom was won.

wha is the name of this song? Reply

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