Menorah lighting ceremony marks third day of Hanukkah

A group of about 100 people braved cold temperatures and rain Sunday night to observe the third day of Hanukkah during the Fifth Annual Menorah Lighting ceremony at Lynnwood City Hall.

Attendees sang songs such as “Chanukah, Oh Chanukah,” and “I Have a Little Dreidel.”

Speakers included Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith and Lynnwood Police Chief Tom Davis. A fire show performance followed.

This year, Hanukkah started on Dec. 24. It is the annual Jewish Festival of Lights, lasting eight days. Each night, a candle is lit on the Menorah, representing the eight nights that a very limited amount of oil lasted miraculously for the Jewish people in fighting the Greek army in 165 BC.

People also celebrate by exchanging gifts, playing with dreidels, singing traditional Hanukkah songs, and eating jelly-filled donuts, latkes (potato cakes), and chocolate gelt (coins).

This is the first time since 1978 that Christmas and Hanukkah fall on the same weekend. That won’t happen again until 2027.

The Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County sponsored the event.

— Story and photos by David Carlos

  1. Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish neighbors in western Washington. May the new year bring much success in your business dealings

  2. As one of those Jewish neighbors in western Washington, I find the above comment offensive. Better to build bridges rather than make stereotypical aspersions.

  3. Wow, Guillermo. Disappointed to read your version of the holiday “spirit.” Wasn’t sure if you were being (unintentionally) provocative, but I’ll have to echo Mr. Wolkofsky’s comment and propose that you take a moment to reflect; and rethink how you express “neighborly” good wishes. NOT an Edmonds kind of sentiment. Build bridges, indeed; for stereotypes help no one.

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