Usually, the year-end holidays of Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa fall somewhere in the calendar month of December.
But not in 2013.
In 2013, the Jewish "Festival of Lights" holiday of Hanukah (variously spelled Chanukah, Hanukah, and Hanukkah) starts on November 27. That's the day before Thanksgiving, which falls on November 28th.
Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday of the month of November. Christmas is always the 25th of December. Kwanzaa always starts the day after Christmas, the 26th of December.
In contrast, the dates of Hanukah are set by the Jewish lunar calendar, and so change every year.
Unusual Calendar for 2013 Holiday SeasonHere's the 2013 holiday and seasonal shopping calendar:
- Wednesday, November 27, 2013: First night of Chanukah
- Thursday, November 28, 2013: Thanksgiving
- Friday, November 29, 2013: Black Friday
- Saturday, November 30, 2013: Small Business Saturday
- Monday, December 2, 2013: Cyber Monday
- Thursday, December 5, 2013: Last night of Chanukah.
4 Implications of an Early Hanukah in 2013 for Travel, Parents, Holiday ShoppingThat Hanukah of 2013 arrives so early is fairly unusual.
And what it means is the shopping and holiday season in Brooklyn, where some sources say that about one in four of religiously identified residents are Jewish (see source), is interesting to consider. For instance:
- Holiday get-a-ways: A November Hanukah could impact families making holiday plans, or booking hotels in Brooklyn, taking flights for Thanksgiving holiday in Brooklyn, or budgeting for year-end shopping.
- Parenting issues: Parents of children who celebrate Hanukah early might find themselves with grumpy children in mid to late December, as holiday shopping for Christmas proceeds with customary fanfare and alluring advertisements, now delivered over social media as well as on TV and in print. On the flip side, children celebrating Christmas, not Hanukah, will have to be encouraged to wait until Christmas for their toys.
- Holiday shopping: And the gift giving itself, considering recent global warming trends, might make Hanukah feel less like a winter than an autumn holiday, especially in cold-weather states. Forget the gloves and sleds for Hanukah; substitute instead a short sleeved tee-shirt and snorkling gear.
- Holiday food : Finally, as holidays always have food implications, one has to wonder: will Jewish families just conflate Hanukah and Thanksgiving in 2013, and serve latkes with their Thanksgiving Day turkey?