Jewish festival of lights Chanukah has always been a special time of year, and London’s Trafalgar Square is making sure that the 2014 celebrations will be the best yet.
Running from December 16th to 28th, Chanukah in the Square will be celebrating the Jewish tradition that dates back around 2,500 years. It is held from the 25th night of the Jewish month Kislev, which is December 16th on our calendar, and a candle is lit each night in a menorah for the next eight nights. It is believed that Chanukah’s origins come from an uprising against a successor of Alexander the Great, and while the revolution was successful, a Jewish temple was destroyed in the process. When the Jews wanted to rededicate the site, there was only enough sanctified oil to a light a candle for one day, but it miraculously lasted eight nights, hence the festival.
All the action kicks off on December 16th, when the first light of the menorah is lit at 6pm local time, while there will also be live performances and free doughnuts in the square. The menorah will be slowly lit until December 24th, and then will remain in the square until the 28th. The event is being run by the Jewish Leadership Council, London Jewish Forum and Chabad.
The world may be going Christmas mad this month, but this is a great way of remembering the different cultures and religions that call Britain home. If you want to be in the heart of all the action, be sure to book a London hotel as soon as possible, as this month can often be an extremely busy one for the capital city. And with so much festive fun to be enjoyed here, you can understand why.