Combining the names of two things to make them into one is nothing new, but there is apparently a brand new holiday that is on the horizon and it will be known as Thanksgivukkah. The Associated Press reported on Oct. 7, 2013, that the combination of Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah is creating a stir and bringing about all types of new ideas.
Yes, that is correct. With the first day of Hanukkah falling on Thanksgiving day itself, the world has now been given Thanksgivukkah.
It appears as if this is a very rare occurrence and the population of American Jewish people are coming up with brand new ways to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime happening. The last time it happened was back in 1888, and it is not planned to happen again for a very long time.
Chances are that it won't happen again in anyone's lifetime that is alive right now.
A young boy in New York has already created the "Menurkey" which is a turkey-shaped menorah. He has raised $48,000 on Kickstarter for his idea and there are surely more things to come.
Jonathan Mizrahi, a quantum physicist at the Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, said that it could actually be thousands of years until the two holidays happen again to form Thanksgivukkah.
Mizrahi said: “It’s not going happen again, at least not for a very, very long time. This is more than once in lifetime. Actually, as far as we know, it’s once ever.”
For those looking to celebrate Thanksgivukkah this year, Rabbi David Paskin wrote "The Ballad of Thanksgivukkah," and he knows this is "pretty amazing" that so many will now have the chance to converge and celebrate together.