According to Halacha, is it prohibited to fast on Hanukkah like it is on Yom Tov, Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, and Chol Hamoed?

Or, unlike those times, is it permissible to voluntarily fast?

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The Rambam writes in MT Hilchot Megillah v'Chanukah (3:3) that it is prohibited to fast on Hanukah

Accordingly, the Sages of that generation ordained that these eight days, which begin from the twenty-fifth of Kislev, should be commemorated to be days of happiness and praise [of God]. Candles should be lit in the evening at the entrance to the houses on each and every one of these eight nights to publicize and reveal the miracle.

These days are called Chanukah. It is forbidden to eulogize and fast on them, as on the days of Purim.

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 670:1) writes the same

On the 25th of Kislev (start) the eight days of Hanukkah, and they are prohibited for eulogizing and fasting, but are permitted for doing work.

The fast for the amelioration of a dream is a common exception (see 568:5).

  • Another important exception (relevant this past year) is a series of fasts that began before Chanukah started and continues into Chanukah
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 25 at 0:33

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