We all know Hanukkah spans through 8 days each year, but where it falls within the calendar is far from predictable. While Santa's checking his list twice, every Jewish person in the world is Googling calendar dates at least four times.
For the record, Hanukkah this year (2022) will start on
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Sunday, December 18th 2022
Monday, December 26th 2022
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But as you've seen, the dates change every year. Last year it began right around Thanksgiving aka Thanksgivukkah. The year before that it started in early December and the year before that it landed right around Christmas. So, as we do on almost any Jewish occasion or holiday, we collectively must ask WHAT WHY?!
While inconsistent, the date isn't arbitrary at all. Within the Hebrew calendar, which is a lunar calendar, Hanukkah always begins on the 25th day of Kislev, which is the ninth month of the year.
Having come off of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and a slew of other Jewish holidays, you know by now that the Jewish calendar and the Gregorian one (the one most of us go by) don't always correlate because both calendars are on different cycles. So whether we are starting the festival of lights around Thanksgiving or New Year's Eve, it's always important to double check the calendar and plan accordingly! And just to remind you once again, Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 18th, 2022. Write it down!
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