https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/245302/why-are-people-earning-the-gelt-hat-today - the Gelt hat can be awarded when it's December 16th somewhere. However, Chanukah (my preferred transliteration), being a Jewish holiday, starts at night. That's 25 Kislev on the Hebrew calendar.

If the hat is for Chanukah, it shouldn't be awarded based on the Gregorian calendar. It should be awarded based on the Jewish calendar.

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    Dates and times are hard. That's why all of the date/time stuff is approximated. The whole point is not to be exact about the times.
    – Servy
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 22:44
  • @hichris123 No. I know about the time leeway. I'm talking about it's got the wrong date.
    – Scimonster
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 22:46
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    @Scimonster Why didn't (or did) I or some other user get a hat although the requirements were (or weren't) fulfilled? Besides, hats don't usually trigger halfway though a day, sooo...
    – hichris123
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 22:47
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    Hat's aren't meant to be be observances of holidays; they are acknowledgments of them. Besides, I'm sure that sometimes, for practical reasons, gelt is sent a bit early. I know that I've already got a stack of presents under my Christmas tree. Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 23:01

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The hats are meant to be fun for everyone and introductions to traditions around the world. They are not meant to be exactly matched to those traditions.

As such, the 16th-ish definition is good enough.

If it makes you feel better, Saint Lucia is on December 13th, not 15th. Imagine getting Hanukkah wrong by 48 hours.

  • To further this answer: a lot of people don't even know that much about the holiday or when it starts. A date that it does start on is a lot easier to explain in a short description of a hat than an exact time on that date.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 22:48

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