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Hanukkah Kicks Off In DC With The Lighting Of The National Menorah

Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz

Hanukkah Kicks Off In DC With The Lighting Of The National Menorah

Catch the lighting of the world’s largest menorah and celebrate the start of Hanukkah in the District.

The Festival of Lights has arrived in the District and it’s kicking off tonight with the lighting of the world’s largest menorah. Head on over to the White House Ellipse on Thursday, December 10,  to admire the giant, 30-foot menorah and celebrate the start of Hanukkah.

The National Menorah was first lit in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter and has since become a staple of Hanukkah celebrations around the world attracting international media attention.

Like other years, the Dreidel man will be making a special appearance and organizers will welcome guests with plenty of latkes, doughnuts (both of which will be previously packaged), menorah kits and dreidels. This year, the popular celebration will also feature a special performance by the US Navy Band.

To ensure everything runs safely and prevent the spread of COVID-19, organizers of the National Menorah Lighting Ceremony have also imposed special health measures including the obligatory use of masks and limited seating.

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The National Menorah Lighting ceremony will take place on Thursday at 4 p.m. and gates will open at 3 p.m. Admission is free but requires tickets, which you can book by visiting the National Menorah’s website. 

See also: 7 Places In Which To Get Your Christmas Tree In DC

[Featured image: Facebook / National Menorah ]