Mayor Menino Declares November 28 ‘Thanksgivukkah’ In Boston
He signed an official proclamation this week.
Ask and you shall receive.
As the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving approaches, leading to the creation of the now nationally recognized holiday of âThanksgivukkah,â supporters from JewishBoston.com asked Mayor Tom Menino if he would sign an official proclamation recognizing the special occasion.
âWhen we interviewed Mayor Thomas Menino for our Thanksgivukkah video, he said he would officially proclaim November 28 ‘Thanksgivukkah’ in the city of Boston. He kept his word, and we have the proclamation to prove it,â according to JewishBoston.com.
Editor Kali BrodskyÂ said that, initially, asking Menino to sign a document was a light-hearted attempt to bring recognition to the rare holiday. “When we met with him, we were sort of half-joking. We asked him if he would declare it a holiday, though, and he said âI have the power, I can do that,’” she said. “So weâre thrilled. We are really excited that he did.”
Earlier this week, Menino gladly drafted up a letter and slapped his signature on it, which reads:
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will fall on the same day this year for the first time since the late 1800s.Â The rare holiday combination happens because of the lunar cycle followed by the Jewish calendar. Because the calendarâs ties to the moonâs cycle, rather than the sunâs, holidays fall on different days depending on the year.
A similar occurrence and convergence of the two major holidays isnât expected to happen again for another 79,000 years, experts claim.
As Boston reported last month, the term was trademarkedâand allegedly coinedâhere in Massachusetts during a meeting between Rabbi David Paskin, co-head of the Kehillah Schechter Academy in Norwood, and a parent who has a child at the school.
That parent, Dana Gitell, went to the Rabbi after noticing the two holidays would fall on the same day, Thursday, November 28, and came up with the word âThanksgivukkah.â After throwing around some ideas about how the school could celebrate the holiday, others started getting involved and spreading the news.
Thatâs when reporters from JewishBoston.com approached the mayor.Â Unfortunately, BrodskyÂ said, there are no events planned for the new holiday in Boston, but Menino is expected to Tweet out the proclamation, declaring it so.
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