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This Year, i.e., 2016, Chanukah (Hanukkah) On Christmas Eve — On 2024 On Christmas Day.

by Anura Guruge


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The first night of Chanukah/Hanukkah falling on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day does NOT happen that often.

That it happens on Christmas Eve this year is rather special. Only the 4th time since 1900!

Chanukah/Hanukkah did fall on Christmas Day 11 years ago.

It will again in 2024. So a 19 year gap.

Also, only four times, so far, since 1900.


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by Anura Guruge

A Bit More On This WONDERFUL British Holiday, ‘Boxing Day’ 2013 & BBC Family Puzzler — Tis Is The Holiday For Some Of Us.

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From the 'International Business Times' no less. Enjoy. Click away ...

From the ‘International Business Times’ no less. Enjoy. Click away …


Click to access BBC Boxing Day Family Puzzler.

Click to access BBC Boxing Day Family Puzzler.


Not Seeing Much, If Any, Sri Lanka v. Pakistan or New Zealand v. West Indies On TEN Cricket Right Now.

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I am lucky and I am very grateful for it: I get to watch cricket on TEN Cricket, every night (that I am home), thanks to Skybox TV.

These days I preview the Live feed before I check Catch-Up.

Then yesterday, with Sri Lanka throwing away their Christmas ODI against Pakistan, it occurred to me that I had not seen any of the Sri Lanka v. Pakistan ODIs in TEN. I just checked the TEN schedule online. The emphasis, rightly, is on the South Africa v. India Test and I am sure going to watch that. I am still partial to Test cricket.

I will keep an eye on this. In theory TEN has contracts with SL, Pak, WI, SA etc. etc.

Click to access TEN schedule at 'TEN'.

Click to access TEN schedule at ‘TEN’.


Sri Lanka Have To Have Thrown Away Christmas Day 4th ODI Against Pakistan — In Protest Of Being Forced To Play On A Holiday.

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>> permitting cricket on Christmas
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Click to ENLARGE. Santa is NOT happy. From 'cricinfo.com'.

Click to ENLARGE. Santa is NOT happy. From ‘cricinfo.com’.

Even by Sri Lanka’s often erratic standards this was quite a thrashing.

8 wickets and 8.5 overs to spare. It wasn’t even close. They were not even in the same league.

Lost the series too.

Then it occurred to me … and, as ever, I am the first to admit it. I am slow on the uptake. Always have been.

The Sri Lankan players, used to having Christmas off, irrespective of whether they worship their balls or not
(or even worse try to French kiss their bats) as you can often see on TV, must have decided to throw the match
— call it a day early.

He puts the ball on the ground and worships it too. I gag each and every time!

He puts the ball on the ground and worships it too. I gag each and every time!

Nearly 9 overs short. That is like 45 minutes

Bravo to them. Well they showed that they have balls.

But, to be fair, it was probably done within the wider more
institutionalized framework of match fixing!

So that was a bonus for many.

Oh, dear … what has the world come to?

The Pakistani’s, who don’t celebrate Christmas, nonetheless got a wonderful Christmas present.
No wonder they are prancing around.

Click to access photos from 'cricinfo.com'

Click to access photos from ‘cricinfo.com’


Happy ‘Boxing Day’ 2013 — Celebrate. Live It Up.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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It is here. The day after Christmas — Boxing Day.

It is a major holiday for the British and much of the Commonwealth. A more jolly and festive British equivalent to the Friday after Thanksgiving; lots of sports and some shopping for those so inclined. Of course, it goes without saying, since it is a British holiday that a bit booze is consumed, here and there.

Hunting, fox hunting, used to be a big thing on Boxing Day. Still remember seeing a classic hunt, over the hills, in Owslebury, Hants (that is Hampshire) in 1974.


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From ‘Time’ magazine. Click to access.

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From ‘About.com’. Click to access.


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And, of course, Test Cricket — invariably with England playing Australia.
[That is two separate countries, not two cities in South Africa.]


Barring Christmas Miracle Sri Lanka Will Be THRASHED By Pakistan For The Audacity Of Playing Cricket On Christmas Day.

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It is just NOT cricket.

Sri Lanka, contrary to what the misguided, delusional Buddhist fundamentalists might claim, is still a multicultural, multireligious country with even a Catholic cardinal.

Sri Lanka has always celebrated Christmas. Acting like uncivilized heathens is so unbecoming.

They deserved to be thrashed in every sense of the word for this affront to the norms.

The President should be ashamed, groveling to the cardinal and pope one minute, then permitting this. Am I glad I am not Sri Lankan (other than by the accident of birth).

Barring a Christmas miracle Pakistan should cruise home. Click to access CricInfo if you need updates.

Barring a Christmas miracle Pakistan should cruise home. Click to access CricInfo if you need updates.

 


Another Seasonal, “‘Tis The Season!” Google Doodle For Christmas Day — Two In A Row.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Rather Surprised That Very Pro-Catholic Sri Lankan President, Married To A Catholic, Is Permitting Sri Lanakan Cricket Team To Play On Christmas.

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I do not know this president on a personal basis. I actually can’t even remember his name. I knew two of the early presidents quite well: J.R. and Wijetunga. In my youth I had spent a fair amount of time at the later’s house — and my most vivid memories are stopping by there, on the way back from Kandy, after elections.

What I do know is that this president, who in my opinion, with his habitual red stole likes to look like a pope, is very pro-Catholic. He is good friends with Sri Lanka’s cardinal, the ‘Tanned Ratzinger‘. You can see that he met with the old pope.

So, I am kind of surprised that HE, who is no stranger to Christmas given that his wife is Catholic, permitted the Sri Lankan cricket team to play on Christmas Day. Possible that he didn’t know. From the little that I hear, he has a fair amount on his plate. To me this is very strange.

Growing up one of the most amazing things about life in Ceylon was our tolerance of other religions. My adopted family were Buddhists but I spent all my holidays and weekends with an Uncle, by marriage, who was a Burgher (Dutch descended, and hence white) and a Baptist. He didn’t have any children and he was a lawyer — actually the lawyer for the Ceylon Food Ministry. His wife, my adopted aunty, was the Assistant Principal at Royal College — Ceylon’s then largest and most prestigious boys school (which I didn’t attend). They were well off. They did a lavish, no expense spared Christmas lunch for the whole extended family. But, I stayed with them and got a ton of Christmas presents each Christmas. We celebrated all holidays. That Sri Lankans are acting like we, as a nation, don’t know anything about Christmas is insulting and demeaning.

Yes, I shouldn’t complain. I am not Sri Lankan. So, I probably don’t have the right. But, I was born there.

The President’s letter to the ‘Tanned Ratzinger‘ in 2012 for the cardinal’s birthday:

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‘Boxing Day’ 2013 Cricket Schedule — And To My Chagrin Sri Lanka, Acting Like Heathens, Are Playing On Christmas Day.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Sports is BIG part of the beloved ‘Boxing Day’ tradition.

In Blighty, of course, that means ‘footie‘ on Boxing Day — and yes, of course, I used to follow either Bristol City or Southamptondepending on where I was, either Home or Away and ‘we’ had good season tickets for Bristol City.

Alas it is too cold for outdoor cricket in December in the U.K. contrary to what Al Gore may think.

The TRADITIONAL Boxing Day cricket match, of course, is an ‘Ashes’ test against us and the Ozzies.

And that, of course, is happening again on Boxing Day.

That (my) Sri Lanka is playing cricket on Christmas Day kind of angers me. While it is one thing for me to be an heathen, Sri Lanka, despite what they think, is not totally heathen.

We still do have about 8% Christians. Plus, I am sure that the Captain Angelo (Angel) Mathews is Christian. Plus from all the ‘sign of the cross’ that I see from some of the players we do have other Christian players. While playing cricket on Christmas Day is not exactly a crime or sin, or even that bad of a thing, I hate to see Sri Lanka acting like we have no idea of ‘class’. Yes, of course, Pakistan will love to play cricket on Christmas. But, thank God (whoever that may be), that Sri Lanka is NOT Pakistan. I really do despair of what is happening in Sri Lanka.

Click to access full schedule at Cricinfo.com.

Click to access full schedule at Cricinfo.com.


New Hampshire Again Becomes A Winter Wonderland With Another 5″ Of Snow At Year End.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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On Christmas Eve, as the pictures testify, we had no snow on the ground. Then we got a smattering, just enough to make it a White Christmas. Then we got dumped upon by the Nor’easter on December 27. Another 5″ of snow December 29, through the night. About 5″ of fresh snow to shovel on the morning of December 30. These pictures tell the story.

Same location, 5 days apart. Click to ENLARGE.

Same location, 5 days apart. Click to ENLARGE.