Menorah lightings planned around the world for Hanukkah
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Public menorah lightings for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah are planned around the world. The locations range from ski towns and Caribbean islands to famous landmarks and sports arenas.
Hanukkah began Tuesday night. It lasts for eight days.
Are you traveling or vacationing during the holiday? There may be a menorah lighting near you. The Jewish outreach organization Chabad-Lubavitch plans Hanukkah events in many places. These include hundreds of cities. Those cities are in the 50 U.S. states and 100 countries.
Celebrations in Vail, Colorado, will include menorahs made from skis. In New Mexico, organizers hope to create a one-of-a-kind menorah. It will be made from hot-air balloons. This will happen on Dec. 17. It will be at Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. It hosts the International Balloon Fiesta each October. Vacationers in destinations like Cancun, Mexico, and Aruba will also have menorah lightings to attend. There will also be one in Curacao. It is the home to the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. It dates back to 1732.
Many ceremonies will take place in front of landmarks. These include the White House in Washington, D.C. and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. They include the Kremlin in Moscow and Germany's Brandenburg Gate.
London's Trafalgar Square will host a 30-foot menorah. It will be outfitted with specially designed environmentally friendly bulbs. They were commissioned by the London Climate Change Agency.
The world's largest menorah is 36 feet high. It will be lit just outside Central Park. That's in New York City. It is across from the Plaza Hotel at Grand Army Plaza. That menorah lighting began in 1977. It marks its 40th consecutive year this month.
Sports arenas are also hosting Hanukkah events. These include NBA arenas. Teams include the Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic and Miami Heat. They include the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors. The Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks will also celebrate.
NHL arenas will have menorahs. Those teams include the Arizona Coyotes, New York Islanders and Nashville Predators. They include the Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets. The NFL stadium of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will celebrate.
Thousands of people are expected Dec. 18 for a Hanukkah concert and menorah lighting. It will be at Gulfstream Park. It is a horse racing track in Hallandale Beach, Florida. It is near Miami.
Elsewhere around the world, events are expected in countries ranging from Australia to Laos to Uganda to Argentina.
Listings by location may be found at http://www.Chabad.org/HanukkahEvents.