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Celebrating Hanukkah in the Streets
It's common to see Christmas trees, department store Santas and window displays of snowflakes, elves and gifts galore...but rarely is room made for the menorah, the major symbol of Hanukkah, the festival of lights celebrated by people of the Jewish faith.
Hanukkah isn't the biggest holiday on the Jewish calendar but like Christmas, it's a fun family celebration that reminds people of the many blessings they have received throughout the year. Typically, families light menorahs and put them in the window in order to share the light with passers-by...but in recent decades, many individuals and communities are gathering in menorah parades to share the spirit of the season with as many people as possible. You can learn more about how menorah parades started here.
This is a really exciting tradition to learn about. In a country that largely self-identifies as Christian, it's great to be reminded that we come from all kinds of faiths and that we have the freedom to share the stories of our heritage and take pride in our beliefs. Have you ever seen or taken part in a menorah parade? Share your stories with us!