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Hannukah celebrations to begin in city

Published on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

CELEBRATIONS are due to begin for one of the most important festivals in the Jewish calendar.

The festival of Hannukah - sometimes known as the Jewish Festival of Lights - is an eight-day celebration which is marked by lighting candles on a ceremonial candelabra, known as a menorah. 

A large menorah has been erected in Victoria Park, near the London Road roundabout, with one of the eight candle lights being lit for each day of Hannukah.

The first night of Hannukah takes place on Saturday, December 24, with the lighting of the first candle taking place. 

On Wednesday, December 28, from 5pm there will be a short ceremony at the menorah, attended by Cllr Manjula Sood, who is chair of the Leicester Council of Faiths and assistant city mayor for communities and equalities.

The event is open to people of all faiths. 

Hannukah celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the second century BC, and over the last 25 years or so celebrations have become an established part of the city's calendar among Leicester's Jewish community.

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