There is a large Jewish population in the UK and a lot of folks are already making Hanukkah (Chanukah) plans.
But this year, Hanukkah is very early, in fact one day before the US Thanksgiving. The first night of Hanukkah will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
When was the last time Hanukkah was that early?
Hanukkah hasn't been that early in quite some time. In fact, the last time the Jewish Festival of Lights started that early was 1889! And it will only be this early one more time and that year will be 2089.
How do you spell Hanukkah?
It is also sometimes translated as Chanukah, Chanukkah or Chanuka.
How to they figure out when Hanukkah is?
Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days. It starts on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar. That date may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.
Where did the name 'Hanukkah' come from?
The name "Hanukkah" comes from the Hebrew verb "חנך", meaning "to dedicate". On Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, the Jewish people regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Temple.
Early Hanukkah in 2013 'Thanksgivukkah'
So if you plan to celebrate Hanukkah, get ready early this year. The first night of Hanukkah 2013 will be the day before the US Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
The Israel News publication Haaretz noted the early Hanukkah with the headline, "Happy Ridiculously Early Jewish New Year! See you on Thanksgivukkah!
"The unusual timing of the Jewish holidays this year is literally a once-in-a-lifetime event."