London celebrates Jewish festival of lights Chanukah with giant menorah in Trafalgar Square

Published on : Sunday, December 25, 2016

london-celebrates-jewish-festivalSee the giant menorah in Trafalgar Square throughout the eight days of Chanukah starting. One additional light will be lit each day.

 

Chanukah is a Jewish celebration that dates back almost 2,500 years. Held from the 25th night of the Jewish month of Kislev, Chanukah is marked by the lighting of a candle in a menorah for each night of the festival.

 

The origins of Chanukah, sometimes known as Hanukkah or Chanukah, lie in an uprising against a successor of Alexander the Great around 2,400 years ago.

 

The revolt was successful, but the Jewish Temple was destroyed in the battle. When the Jews came to rededicate their temple, they found there was only enough sanctified oil to light it for one day.

 

Miraculously, the oil stayed alight for eight days. And this is why Chanukah is an eight-day celebration that’s also known as the “festival of lights”.

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