This year Hanukkah – the Jewish Festival of Lights first full day will fall on the same day as Thanksgiving. For fun, many are dubbing the day Thanksgivukkah. So most of us are shaking our heads and saying - isn’t Hanukkah around Christmas time? Doesn’t it typically fall sometime in December?
Well, what we’re calling Thanksgivukkah hasn’t happened in 1,888 years and won’t happen again for another 77,798 years! For many Jewish Americans this convergence is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to simultaneously celebrate two favorite holidays.
So what does that mean in the kitchen? Many that plan to celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah together are adding fun recipes to their dinner to celebrate both holidays such as latkas. Latkas are fried potatoes and are typically eaten during Hanukkah but to spice it up for Thanksgiving many are making them with sweet potatoes and adding cranberry sauce as a topping.
So why does Hanukkah fall at a different time each year? The Hebrew calendar follows the sun and the moon, and the Gregorian calendar makes Thanksgiving fall on the fourth Thursday of November.
No matter if you are celebrating Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, both or any other holidays this season, People’s Trust wishes you and your family the very best joy filled with family and laughter. Happy Thanksgiving!