Today (Dec. 24) is the first day of the eight-day “festival of lights.” A Chanukah Family Festival that’s open to the public is scheduled Tuesday (Dec. 27) at Sundial.
TAMPA BAY – The eight-day Hanukah (or Chanukah) “festival of lights” begins today (Dec. 24).
The festival honors the triumph Judas Maccabeus over Antiochus IV, a Greek ruler who sought to impose Grecian culture on the Jews, and the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. According to tradition, the temple held a lamp that had enough oil for only one day, but burned for eight. The miracle is celebrated by the nightly lighting of a menorah that has nine arms – eight to commemorate the temple lamp and one to provide the flame to light the others.
Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg will hold a Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 27) at Sundial, 153 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Scheduled entertainment includes the African High Flyers (as seen on America’s Got Talent), Sam Glaser in concert, a Menorah Lighting ceremony, latkes, doughnuts, Kosher concessions from the Locale Market, crafts, face painting and more. The free event is open to the public.
For information about Hanukkah, go to chabad.org.
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