Tomorrow is the 150th anniversary of Thanksgiving becoming a national holiday, thanks to Abraham Lincoln. But for the first time since 1888, the holiday will coincide with the first day of Hanukkah. So celebrate now, because this is not going to happen for another 70,000 years (give or take).
The above Hanukkah lamp, or Hanukkiot, was made between February and October 1999 by New York City silversmith Bernard L. Bernstein in his Riverdale workshop. The lamp was initially made for the exhibition, “Magic and Ritual: Hanukkiahs Through Contemporary Eyes,” held at Steinbaum-Krauss Gallery (132 Green Street, NYC), from November 27, 1999 to January 4, 2000. Hannukiot are candelabra characterized by nine candle branches and used in the ritual candle-lighting associated with the celebration of Hanukkah, the festival that commemorates the 165 B.C.E. liberation of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah lamps were made up of eight oil wells or candle-holders, separated from a ninth traditionally used to light the others. These lamps remain distinct from menorahs, which generally have seven candle branches and are not associated with a specific use or holiday.
This year, Macy’s announced that for the first time its Thanksgiving Day Parade will include a spinning dreidel balloon to honor the occasion, so don’t miss the parade, either watching from the streets of the city or from the comfort of your couch. Happy Thanksgivukkah!