NJ Advanced Media/Amy Kuperinsky, 12/11/16. "Why are Hanukkah and Christmas Eve on the same day in 2016?"
|First day of Hanukkah, December 25th this year.|
|Season of hope...|
"A relatively minor Jewish holiday amplified by the largeness of Christmas in America, Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Maccabee brothers' rebel army over Greek King Antiochus IV during the 2nd century B.C. and the "miracle" that is said to have occurred when a small quantity of oil lasted for eight days in the rededicated Second Temple. Hence the fixation on foods -- potato pancakes, doughnuts -- fried in oil.
.... This year, as in all years, the first night of Hanukkah falls on the 25th of the month of Kislev, which in 2016 corresponds to Dec. 24, or Christmas Eve, but in years past could mean anywhere from November to late December. In 2013, the first day of Hanukkah fell on Thanksgiving, giving us the whimsical portmanteau "Thanksgivukkah," and holiday-appropriate endorsements of deep-fried turkey and dreidel games during the Macy's parade.
Of course, we already have an unofficial name for the Christmas-Hanukkah mashup celebrated by interfaith families -- "Chrismukkah," popularized by TV series "The O.C." in 2003 and embraced by companies that gamely mix holiday symbols on greeting cards. Rutgers alumnus Ron Gompertz, who identified with the concept because of his family's own rituals, wrote "Chrismukkah: Everything you Need to Know to Celebrate the Hybrid Holiday," in 2006." Read more.
Reference, date. Time and date.com, "Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day) in the United States." Celebrate Hanukkah. Jewish communities in the United States celebrate the first day of Hanukkah on the 25th day of the month of Kislev in the Jewish calendar. The Hanukkah period lasts for eight days and is celebrated from the 25th day of Kislev to the second day of Tevet. The first night of Hanukkah (or Chanukah) starts with special blessings at sunset the day before the 25th of Kislev. Many Jewish people light the menorah, also known as the hanukiah (or chanukkiyah), which is a type of candelabrum. Related, article. USA Today Network/AZ Central (The Arizona Republic), Maria Polletta, 12/15/16,"Why Hanukkah isn't the 'Jewish Christmas' and other facts about the holiday."
Note photograph, graphic. Child lighting the Menorah frrom Hope from Hanukkah/Kristin Schmidt blog. Raindeer from Etsy/Ashford Press, "Hanukkah Christmas reindeer card, hybrid holiday, season's greetings, animal stationary, Winter Solstice, Canadiana, Hanukkah reindeer."
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