GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- For the first time in 125 years, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day.

Jews celebrate Hanukkah over eight days by lighting candles on a menorah.

For the Jewish community in West Michigan, there is a solar-powered menorah on display in front of Ahavas Israel temple on Michigan Street.

The menorah came on by itself at sundown Wednesday evening.

Rabbi David Krishef explained the timing of the two holidays. "Hanukkah falls anywhere from the end of November through the end of December; it can vary as much as a month because the lunar the Jewish lunar calendar doesn't always coincide at the same point in the solar year."

According to one estimate, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah won't overlap again for another 79,000 years.