Wednesday, December 21, 2011

National Menorah Lit In D.C. As Hanukkah Begins

Last night marked the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. AP reports on how Washington ushered in the holdiay:
Thousands turned out for a special ceremony marking the first night of Hanukkah. "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band performed as the National Menorah, situated on the Ellipse near the White House, was lit.
Time traces the transformation of Hanukkah from a minor Jewish holiday to perhaps the most celebrated Jewish holiday in America.

UPDATE: Also yesterday, President Obama sent Hanukkah greetings to all those around the world celebrating the holiday. (Full text of statement.)