So what is Thanksgivukkah? It is when Thanksgiving Day and the first day of Hanukkah will coincide. This year, for the first time in over a century this will happen.
According to usatoday.com, the last time this happened was in November of 1888, and it is believed that it will not happen again for another 70 millennia.
Although they seem very different, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah both have the same concept of thanks and gratitude.
Hanukkah begins on a different day every year since the Jewish calendar is lunar based. It usually starts between late November and late December, and it lasts eight days.
There are many different traditions practiced during Hanukkah such as the lighting of the Hanukkiyah (menorah), a game of spinning the dreidel, and eating fried foods. Since Hanukkah has become more festive, due to Christmas, children also receive one gift for each of the eight nights.
Thanksgiving is a day in which we express our gratitude to others but especially to God. According to history.com, in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.
For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
“I feel like this generation is very special because we get to witness what may never happen again,” said sophomore Andrea Saenz. “It is definitely a coincidence but even so it’s something to notice and it’s amazing how I get to experience a once in a life time event.”