Hanukkah celebrated in Leicester

Published on 11 December 2015

THE JEWISH festival of religious freedom will be marked in Leicester tomorrow (Saturday December 12).

Hanukkah will be celebrated at a ceremony on Victoria Park, when the seventh lamp of a giant Menorah – a nine-branched candelabrum – will be lit.

Cllr Manjula Sood, assistant city mayor for communities and equalities, will light the lamp at the ceremony, which is hosted by the Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation with the support of the city council.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby will also be in attendance.

Leon Charikar of the Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation will lead the celebration, which will include songs and prayers.

The short ceremony at Victoria Park – on the corner of London Road and Victoria Park Road – is open to the public and everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be available.

People are invited to arrive at 4.45pm, in time for the start of the ceremony at 5pm.

The festival of Hanukkah commemorates a victory over the King Antiochus, who built a statue of himself in the holy Temple in Jerusalem and demanded that the Jews worship him. When the Temple was re-dedicated, there was only enough oil for the special light – the Menorah – to burn for one day. It shone continuously, however, for eight days.