Gayle Anderson was live at Bibi’s Bakery and Cafe because this year marks the first instance of what’s being dubbed “Thanksgivukkah,” when Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide for a super holiday.
Thanksgiving happens to fall on the second night of Hanukkah, and for anyone who has ever celebrated either holiday with a meal or two, you’ll understand why this is cause for celebration. The Los Angeles Times reports one night you’re eating brisket, latkes, noodle kugel and gelt, and the next you’re sitting at the table with a turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the fixings.
For the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will converge, marking the first joint celebration of the two holidays aptly named Thanksgivukkah.
This year Thanksgiving Day will mark the first day of Hanukkah – the eight-day festival that celebrates the re-dedication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, when Jews revolted against their Greek-Syrian oppressors called the Maccabean Revolt. Since Hanukkah starts on Wednesday at sundown, the second candle will be lit on Turkey Day.
The “once-in-a-lifetime” holiday is being marked by Jews across America by decorating their homes with turkey menorahs known as menurkies and dreidels decorated with birds known as turkels to commemorate the special event, the Associated Press reports.
“I think it’s a nice way to integrate the two holidays,” Lori Rashty, a teacher at Detroit’s Hillel Day School, said. “Since we’re not going to see it again for 79,000 years, it’s kind of an exciting way for the kids to realize that it’s a special occasion for them.”
For those unfamiliar with the hybrid holiday, below are answers to common questions surrounding Thanksgivukkah:
*Why Does Thanksgiving And Hanukkah Fall On The Same Day?
The Jewish calendar uses a 12-month lunar-solar calendar with an extra month occasionally added in, making holidays fluctuate from year to year. Secular dates that follow the Gregorian calendar also change, and in 2013, the holidays are very early.
Hanukkah, usually falls close to Christmas, making it a well-known holiday regardless of religion. But this year the holiday is slowly “slipping back in time.”
“The Jewish calendar self-corrects somewhat, with a ‘leap month’ in early spring, but in a lunar calendar all the holidays wander,” Robert Alter, founding director of the new Center for Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
*When Is The Next Thanksgivukkah?
The next time Thanksgivukkah will be celebrated is in 79,043 years from now, according to one estimate. Another suggests Thanksgivukkah will take place in 2070 and 2165. Others believe the convergence of the two holidays will never happen again.
The Times reports this Thanksgivukkah (a once-in-a-lifetime holiday that won’t occur for another 70,000 years).
Bibi’s Bakery & Cafe is celebrating with challurkey — challah shaped like a turkey.
The bird-shaped loaves are probably nothing like the manna that fell from heaven when Israelites wandered the desert after the exodus from Egypt, but these cherubic turkey challah are also probably no less delicious.
The Pico-Union bakery is offering pull-apart challurkey for pre-order only, for $12. (Best place your order soon.) The bread looks like a couple of dozen rolls (for the wings, head and feet) connected to one large loaf (for the body). FYI, Bibi also supplies sufganiyot (doughnuts) filled with chocolate, custard or jelly.
Meanwhile, Little Next Door is preparing its turkey baguettes, available for $18, also for pre-order only. Watch a video of the turkey-bread-making here. (“Today we’re going to make turkey for Thanksgiving but not turkey as we cook in the house, roast turkey. But as decoration with bread.”)
Bibi’s Bakery and Café
8928 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
310 246 1788
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