Monday, 17 December 2012


This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:

Hannukkah marked by lighting of a menorah
Jews celebrated the eighth evening of Hanukkah with the lighting of a giant nine-light menorah.
The ceremony, in Victoria Park, was performed by Lord Mayor of Leicester Councillor Abdul Osman.
Councillor Osman said: "It is very pleasing for me to be invited to join our Jewish family to perform the ceremony for the third time.
"This ceremony at one of the gateways into Leicester shows the diversity of the city."
Leon Charikar, chairman of Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation, who led a brief service of hymns and prayers, said: "I would like to welcome the Lord Mayor and thank Leicester City Council for again erecting the menorah in Victoria Park.
"We are a small community of about 300 people. Hanukkah is a festival which celebrates religious freedom and we are pleased to share it with the people of such a diverse city."
The festival celebrates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish defeat of a regime that denied them freedom to worship, and also celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

In the photo above: Leon Charikar, Lord Mayor Abdul Osman and Lady Mayoress Shaina Osman light the Victoria Park menorah

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