Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick


Whereas This year, the first day of Chanukah falls on Thanksgiving creating what has become colloquially known as Thanksgivukkah; and

Whereas This is the first time that these two holidays have overlapped since 1888 and, due to the fact that the Jewish holidays are observed on dates dictated by a separate calendar which has 12 or thirteen months depending on the year, will not overlap again for 77,798 years; and

Whereas Massachusetts is the home of Thanksgivukkah as the term “Thanksgivukkah” was originally trademarked in the Commonwealth; and

Whereas Thanksgiving and Chanukah share many overlapping ideas.  When the Pilgrims left England, they did so in search of religious freedom just as the Maccabees fought for the ability to worship in the way their forefathers had; and

Whereas The Commonwealth is home to and a haven for people of all creeds seeking cultural, religious and spiritual freedom; and

Whereas It is fitting that the Commonwealth celebrate our vibrant and diverse heritage,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim November 28th, 2013, to be,


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this sixth day of November, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts