Celebrate the Jewish festival of Hanukkah in London in 2013.
Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish celebration that dates back almost 2,500 years. Held from the 25th night of the Jewish month of Kislev (sundown on 27 November in 2013), Hanukkah is marked by the lighting of a candle in a menorah (a special candelabra) for each night of the festival.
Every year, on an evening during the festival of Chanukah, thousands of Londoners join together in Trafalgar Square to watch the lighting of the Menorah by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. This year the candle lighting will take place at 18.00 on Thursday 28 November, after which an additional light will be added every evening during the festival.
The event is London’s brightest lighting of the biggest Menorah in Europe, and will include a fantastic variety of live performances, appearances by ‘Dreidleman’, and the distribution of thousands of doughnuts and Chanukah gelt to attendees.
The History of Hanukkah
The origins of Hanukkah, sometimes known as Chanukah or Chanukkah, lie in an uprising against a successor of Alexander the Great around 2,400 years ago.
The revolt was successful, but the Jewish Temple was destroyed in the battle. When the Jews came to rededicate their Temple, they found there was only enough sanctified oil to light it for one day.
Miraculously, the oil stayed alight for eight days. And this is why Hanukkah is an eight-day celebration that's also known as the "festival of lights".