WARREN, NJ - For the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving and Hannukah will converge, marking the joint celebration of the two holidays aptly named Thanksgivukkah.
The Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It became an official Federal holiday in 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens", to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26.
This year, Thanksgiving Day will mark the first day of Hannukah – the eight-day festival that celebrates the rededication during the second century B.C.E. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The Jews revolted against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. The Maccabeats illustrate above.
Since Hanukkah starts on Wednesday at sundown, the second candle will be lit on Thanksgiving.
All municipal offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
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