Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Collide

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   Did you know there is a once in a lifetime event just around the corner? No, it’s not another meteor shower; it is more down to earth.

   Did you know there is a once in a lifetime event just around the corner? No, it’s not another meteor shower; it is more down to earth. On the last Thursday of November, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will be intertwined for the first time in over 100 years.
   

 

   The Jewish religion is based on a lunar calendar, while most people rely on the Gregorian (Solar) calendar. This means every year, the date for Jewish holidays will change for the people who follow the Gregorian calendar. The next time Hanukkah will start on Thanksgiving, won’t be for another 70 years, so we’d better celebrate while it lasts. Now, we can have latkes dipped in cranberry sauce!
   

 

   This rare occurrence of the two holidays has created a new fad, resulting in turkey menorahs and many hybrid Thanksgivukah or Chanksgiving recipes. Some of these include potato latkes dipped in cranberry applesauce, challah-apple stuffing, and horseradish chive mashed potatoes.

 

   Jews celebrate Hanukkah for eight nights. It symbolizes the length of time the oil lasted when they threw out the Syrians, and they only had enough oil for one night. A great miracle occurred, the oil lasted eight nights. Thanksgiving started in 1621 when the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared a feast in autumn. It was celebrated for two centuries by the colonies and the states. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln made this wonderful celebration a national holiday and is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.

 

   Even though both holidays are different, they are both about being grateful and thankful.