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Eight day celebration of Hanukkah underway

Josee Wolff of Congregation Emmanuel in Kingston sings holiday prayers while lighting
the traditional menorah as part of a Hanukkah event for all ages held on Saturday

KINGSTON – Long before communities celebrated their festivals of lights marking the holiday season, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah was dubbed the Festival of Lights.

That is because for eight nights, a candelabra called a menorah is lit to symbolize the reason for the holiday.

Way back in history, enough oil was available to light a lamp for one night, but it burned for eight.

Many families give their kids one present for every night of the holiday. Other traditions include a game spinning a top called a “dreidel” and being given chocolate covered “coins” called “gelt.”

This year, the holiday began at sundown Sunday.

 

 

 


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