Chanuka in Alicante(Spain)

From www.abc.es

januquia-janucaCasa Mediterráneo collaborates in the recovery of the Jewish tradition in Alicante with its participation for the second year in the feast of Chanukah, one of the most celebrated celebrations of the Hebrew calendar that represents the perseverance and the struggle for the identity of the Jewish people.

The director general of Casa Mediterráneo, Almudena Muñoz, will be responsible for lighting, on Thursday, one of the nine arms that make up the Januquiá, a candlestick that symbolizes for the Semites the divine presence and the spiritual light. The event, organized by the Jewish Community of Alicante for the fourth consecutive year, will begin at 19.30 in the Plaza de la Santísima Faz in Alicante with the official lighting of this candlestick.

The Hanukkah or Feast of Lights is celebrated on the 25th of Kislev – the ninth month of the Hebrew calendar – and commemorates the revolt of the Maccabees against the Syrian king Antioch in 165 BC. According to Jewish tradition, the candlestick of the Great Temple of Jerusalem recovered remained on for eight days miraculously, which is why the Jews continue to celebrate this holiday as a symbol of optimism and hope.

Today, this feast is celebrated happily by lighting the Chanukah to remember that with faith it is possible to overcome all obstacles and that the righteous are the ones who finally triumph. The candelabra lights are lit every eight days after dark, illuminating the home to show that one should not lose hope in the face of “darkness.”

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