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orion Hanukkah a civil holiday?

Thank you RGmyrken@aol.com for your letter 0n 12:02 18/12/98 EST. You wrote:
>    First, Hanukkah's omission in festival lists is only to be expected,
>Hanukkah was a civil holiday, not a religious festival.  
>    Russell Gmirkin

Is there evidence for this?
I had thought that the inclusion of Hanukkah in the "Megillat Ta'anit"  was
enough to qualify it as a "religious festival".

Menachem Brody
Machon Helkat Hasadeh
Elon Moreh