Sundown on Thursday marks the beginning of Chanukkah, with multiple events planned to celebrate the festival of lights in Santa Clarita over the next eight days.
Chanukkah, is an eight-day winter “festival of lights,” which begins each year on the 25th day of the Jewish calendar month of Kislev, according to the Old Almanac.
Because the Hebrew calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the dates of Jewish holidays according to the Gregorian calendar change yearly.
“Chanukkah is the victory of good over evil,” Choni Marozov rabbi of Chabad of SCV said.
Chanukkah commemorates events in Judea more than 2,000 years ago when the Syrian king Antiochus ordered Jews to abandon the Torah and publicly worship the Greek gods, according to the Old Almanac.
“This act provoked a rebellion led by Judas Maccabeus, climaxed by the retaking of the Temple in Jerusalem, which the Syrians had desecrated. The army of Jews won despite their small numbers,” the Old Almanac reads.
After the battle was over, Jews returned to the temple and found one jar of oil which was expected to only burn for one night, but instead lasted eight, Marozov said.
Beginning Thursday at sundow, the Jewish community will begin to light the menorah, launching the start of Chanukkah.
“We light the menorah with our families or friends and get together in our homes,” Marozov said.
The Chabad of SCV Synagogue is set to host a concert this evening to kick off the celebrations.
To find a list of events celebrating Chanukkah by Chabad of SCV, click here.
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