Hanukkah London
Hanukkah London

When

Wednesday 27th November 2013 - Thursday 5th December 2013

Where

Trafalgar Square

See the giant menorah lit up with candles for the Hanukkah London event, in celebration of the Jewish festival of lights. The menorah will be on display at Trafalgar Square so that all of London can see the lights.

The story of Hanukkah
Hanukkah, sometimes known as Chanukah or Chanukkah, began thousands of years ago during a revolt against a successor of Alexander the Great. According to tradition, when the Jews attempted to rededicate their Temple after the successful revolt, there was only enough oil to burn for light for one day – miraculously, the oil lasted for eight days, which is why Hanukkah is known as the festival of lights and is celebrated for eight days.

The menorah
The Hanukkah menorah is a candelabra which holds nine candles – one for each night, plus one in the middle to light the others. One candle is added and lit, from right to left, each night of the festival, accompanied by singing and prayers. For the official celebration of Hanukkah in London, the giant menorah in Trafalgar Square is being installed close to the Christmas tree for a truly multi-cultural winter celebration.

Modern Hanukkah traditions
Traditionally, Jewish activities on Hanukkah include eating foods fried in oil, like doughnuts or potato pancakes, and playing games with a spinning dreidel. Many Jews also give gifts to family and friends on the holiday. As well as the menorah at Trafalgar Square, plenty of other Hanukkah London events are taking place at venues such as the Jewish museum and the New London Synagogue.

What's On at the Jewish Museum

The lighting of the Hanukkah London menorah at Trafalgar Square takes place from Wednesday 27th November 2013 until Thursday 5th December 2013.
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