Chanukah is the eight-day festival of light that begins on the eve of the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, celebrating the triumph of light over darkness and of spirituality over superficiality.
Chanukah in the Square is the biggest annual Chanukah celebration in the UK. Organised by the Jewish Leadership Council and Chabad, with the London Jewish Forum and supported by the Mayor of London, it is a key event in both the Mayoral and communal calendars. In this regard, the event is a celebration of the great collaborative work these organisations do throughout the year.
This year, Chanukah in the Square is being celebrated on Thursday 10th December 2015 and we are hoping for a record breaking crowd, beating last year’s record of 5000 people.
Set in the landmark location of Trafalgar Square, Europe’s largest Menorah will stand bright for the entire 8 day duration of Chanukah, reminding Londoners of the miracle of the Festival of Light and the religious and cultural contribution the Jewish people make to this diverse city.
As well as witnessing London’s brightest Menorah lighting, lit by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, you can watch a live performance by the fantastic Maccabeats, an A cappella group famous for creating upbeat, current Jewish music with one of their videos being viewed over 10 million times and counting!
Performing alongside the Maccabeats will be the energetic Neshama band, Akiva School Choir and JCOSS, as well as the colourful, ever spinning Dreidelman. This mascot will serve as another symbolic reminder that ‘a great miracle happened’ in the story of Chanukah, even in the midst of our fun and games in Central London.
In addition to these fantastic acts, attendees will also be treated to 6,000 free doughnuts, a traditional food eaten during Chanukah (the story of an oil-based miracle—explaining why we eat oily foods to commemorate Chanukah) Kosher hot food will also be served by Reich throughout the evening!
We hope to see familiar and new faces alike, taking advantage of this wonderful celebration for one of the major festivals of the Jewish calendar. The event is cross-denominational and open to the wider public for all to enjoy.
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