So this was Chanukah for thousands of years. A nice “minor” holiday- until the modern era, when it exploded. Why? Well in modern day Israel the story of the Maccabees fits in perfectly with the proud, strong fighting Jew defeating oppression against all odds. So you have The Maccabi Games and even Maccabee Beer (truly awful). There are no Pharisee Games or Pharisee Beer (luckily).
So the lesson is never let history get in the way of a good story and a fun holiday. Happy Chanukah.