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Event to mark city’s Hanukkah celebrations

Published on 15 December 2017

CELEBRATIONS are underway in Leicester for one of the most important festivals in the Jewish calendar.

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

The first night of Hanukkah was Tuesday, December 12, when the lighting of the first candle took place. 

On Saturday, December 16, from 5pm, there will be a short ceremony at the menorah, attended by the Lord Mayor of Leicester Cllr Rashmikant Joshi.

The event is open to people of all faiths. 

Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the second century BC, and in recent decades the celebrations have become an established part of the city's calendar among Leicester's Jewish community.