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Menorah shines bright

A different kind of light is shining in downtown Kelowna.

The first candle in a three-metre menorah was lit in Stuart Park, Sunday, the first night of Hanukkah.

A new candle is lit each night in the eight-day Jewish celebration.

Public menorah lightings began in 1973, when Rabbi Menachem Schneerson launched a worldwide Hanukkah campaign in an effort to create awareness and promote observance of Hanukkah.

This year, the global campaign will reach an estimated 8,000,000 Jews – more than half the world's Jewish population.

“As we celebrate this holiday with our brothers and sisters around the world, we are forever grateful to this country, which prides itself with the rights to religious freedom,” said Rabbi Shmuly Hecht of Chabad Okanagan.

Across the country, there will be scores of Hanukkah events and celebrations, including public menorah lightings, giant menorahs made out of ice and Legos, menorah parades, latkes parties, giant dreidel houses, Hanukkah wonderlands and more.

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