This evening at sundown, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world welcome the beginning of Hanukkah by lighting the first candle of the menorah.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement to mark the start of Hanukkah:
“At sunset today, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world will welcome the beginning of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. The holiday is observed by lighting the candles of the Hanukkiah.
“Taking place over eight nights, Hanukkah, which means dedication in Hebrew, commemorates the successful revolt led by the Maccabees, leading to the liberation of the Jewish people and the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.
“Across generations, Jewish families and friends have typically gathered to light the candles of the Hanukkiah one by one and proudly display it in their windowsill. This serves as an enduring reminder that light will always drown out darkness, and that even the smallest group of determined individuals have the power to make a profound difference in the world. Celebrations often include singing, spinning the dreidel, and eating latkes and sufganiyot.
The Prime Minister of India also extended his greetings in message: “Hanukkah Sameach Prime Minister @naftalibennett, to you and to the friendly people of Israel, and the Jewish people around the world observing the 8-day festival of lights. ” Narendra Modi@narendramodi
Joe Biden@JoeBidenUnited States government tweeted: Jill and I send our warmest wishes to everyone celebrating Hanukkah in the United States and around the world. May this festival of lights bring blessings upon you and your loved ones for happiness and health. Happy Hanukkah!