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Celebrating the Festival of Lights with Menorah Lightings on Long Island

Written by Kelly Tenny  |  09. December 2014

Hanukkah, sometimes known as Chanukah, Chaukkah, the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication, is a Jewish holiday that commemorates and celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple. This year the first day of Hanukkah falls on Tuesday, December 16th and the last day falls on Wednesday, December 24th. Hanukkah is a holiday that is observed for 8 nights and days. The 8 days and nights of Hanukkah are depicted traditionally on the 9-branched menorah, 8 candles standing for the 8 nights of Hanukkah, and one extra in the middle for practical use.

Even if you don’t have a menorah of your own at home, or you don’t celebrate Hanukkah but would like to show your support to the Jewish community, you can attend a menorah lighting right here on Long Island! All over Long Island different town halls, communities, and temples, are offering public menorah lightings. Public menorah lightings provide a great way to soak up the holiday spirit and get people to come together as a community. They also provide people with the opportunity to meet others who share their beliefs and practice the same faith.

Check out all of the Festival of Lights menorah lightings going on this holiday season!

Sunday, December 14th:

Tuesday, December 16th:

Wednesday, December 17th:

Friday, December 19th:

Sunday, December 21st:

Photo by Dov Harrington, via Wikicommons.

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