The greeting “Happy Holidays” can be used a lot earlier this year. Hanukkah, the festival of lights, begins on November 27 this year. The Jewish holiday celebrates the Maccabees’ successful rebellion against King Antiochus IV. In their destroyed temple after the battle, there was only enough oil to light candles for one night, but he candles burned for eight nights, giving the holiday its length.
The reason Hanukkah shifts every year is because of the Hebrew Calendar used to align Jewish holidays and festivals is a lunar calendar. The months and dates on which holidays fall are based on the moon, not the sun, causing a yearly shift in comparison to the Gregorian calendar.
The Gregorian calendar is used in the United States and is generally accepted throughout the world. Many holidays such as Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Years, and Christmas all follow solar calendars such as the Gregorian and Julian calendars. Hanukkah, along with all other Jewish festivals, and the Christian celebration of Easter follow lunar calendars.
According to FOX News, the last time Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlapped was in 1888, and by some calculations, it will be 79 thousand years before the next “Thanksgivukkah.” So make sure to get a kosher Turkey this Thanksgivukkah and tell your friends “Gobble Tov!” when you get the chance!
by Adam Unger