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Annual menorah lighting takes place in SF's Union Square

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Annual menorah lighting in SFs Union Square

In a rare coincidence, Thanksgiving has fallen on Hanukkah, making it a double celebration for some.

The annual menorah lighting in San Francisco's Union Square took place Thursday night.

The 25-foot tall mahogany menorah is part of a tradition started 39 years ago by rock and roll concert promoter Bill Graham.

A marketing manager in Massachusetts came up with a new mashup word for the day -- Thanksgivukkah.

Experts say based on the current Gregorian and Jewish calendars, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah won't fall on the same day again for thousands of years.

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