Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » News

Hanukkah 2012: NYC Menorah Lighting Ceremony for World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah Starts on December 8 [VIDEO]

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Dec 08, 2012 02:00 PM EST

Text Size: A A A

menorah
The lighting of the World's largest menorah in NYC takes place this week.(Photo : Reuters)

New York City goes big when it comes to the holidays. The 2012 holiday season is no different. New York already lit up the huge Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, but with Hanukkah just getting started, NYC is lighting up the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah tonight.

Starting on the first night of Hanukkah, December 8, a huge 32-foot-high gold-colored steel menorah will be lit at its Grand Army Plaza location. The menorah contains real oil lamps. The 4,000 pound candelabra is so large that is must be lit by a cherry picker. 

The menorah will be lit by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and Rabbi Schmuel Butman of the Lubavitch Youth Organization on the first night.The ceremony will start at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, when the Sabbath ends. The ceremony will include live music, singing and dancing. There will also be free chocolate coins, or Chanukah Gelt for children and hot potato pancakes, or Latkes, for all.

While the opening ceremony on Saturday stats at 8:30p.m. due to the Sabbath, the lighting will take place every other day at 5:30 p.m. The only exception is Friday, in which the lighting will take place at 3:30 p.m. Each nightly ceremony will include folk dancing and holiday jelly doughnuts called sufganiyot.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg noted the importance of this holiday season as the city has been dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

"Chanukah is a special time of year to spend with friends and family, and it's a story of strength in the face of adversity and moral courage in the face of injustice. In recent weeks, the people of New York have also had our strength and spirit tested. Our city braved one of the most devastating storms ever seen on the East Coast, and New Yorkers of every background and from every borough have stepped up in amazing ways to help their neighbors," Bloomberg said in the statement, according to NBC. "New York is a city where, even in the toughest of times, we have faith in the future. As New Yorkers light the menorah tonight, I wish them a Happy Chanukah."

The ceremonies are located at Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan, which is on Fifth Avenue at 59th street near Central Park. It will be hard to miss the ginormous menorah in the area. The ceremonies continue until Dec. 16, when Hanukkah comes to an end.The events are completely free. 

Share This Story

 

© 2014 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

ADVERTISEMENT

Travel Tips

Barcelona Smoothies

Top 5 Ways to Eat Healthy on Vacation

Eating healthy on vacation is so hard because it's your time to splurge. Here are some tips to help everyone stay on their healthy diet during their next vacation.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Military jets escort Qatar Airways plane to Manchester Airport after passenger bomb hoax

Qatar Airways Flight QR23: 'Hoax Bomb Threat' Had Plane Escorted By Military Jets, Passenger Arrested

Qatar Airways flight QR23 has been escorted by military jets Tuesday after a man was accused of making a hoax bomb threat. Due to the ‘hoax’, concerns were raised about Qatar Airways flight QR23, reports The Daily Mail.

Three-Year-Old Karina Chikitova Saved By Her Puppy

Puppy Saves Girl In Siberian Forest: 3-Year-Old Lost For 11 Days, How Was She Saved By Her Puppy?

Puppy saves girl in Siberian forest may be hard to imagine, but this story did recently happen to a three-year-old who went missing for 11 days. The story of puppy saves girl in Siberian forest happened when the girl went missing inside the Siberian forest, and 11 days later, her dog was able to lead rescuers to her location.

Three Bodies Found By Helicopter In Mt Rainier

Rainier Bodies: Three Bodies Found By Helicopter, From Climbers Who Went Missing In May? Officials Still Searching For Other Bodies In Mt Rainier

Rainier bodies recently found have been spotted on the Washington Mountain, in an area not far from where six hikers disappeared and were thought to have perished earlier this year. On Tuesday, Spokeswoman Patti Wold for Mount Rainier National Park said the Rainier bodies found were recently discovered during recent training flights.

Taser Gun

Mom Sues After 8 Year Old Tased By Police: South Dakota

Mom sues after 8 year old tased by police is a story which is currently causing major debates and concern this weekend. According to The Inquisitr, the story of mom sues after 8 year old tased by police began after a babysitter called 911, since the child grabbed a knife and obviously threatened to harm herself.

Rare whale fossil recovered by search-and-rescue team in LA

Rare Whale Fossil: 16M Years Old, Recovered In California Backyard By Search And Rescue Crews

Rare whale fossil found Friday at about 9:30 a.m. was oddly, recovered by a 10-member search-and-rescue team typically dispatched for recovery operations. The rare whale fossil was recovered on a rock in Rancho Palos Verdes, 500 square miles along the Angeles Crest Highway.

Passenger dies while on board United Airlines flight to Houston

Passenger Dies On United Airlines Flight To Houston: Did Ebola Virus Cause This?

Passenger dies on United Airlines flight to Houston on Tuesday around 9 pm. According to the Houston police, the in-flight death was officially announced at the Bush Intercontinental Airport about 11 pm, 2 hours after the death occurred. Apparently, the passenger dies on United Airlines flight to Houston as he collapsed in the plane’s aisle.

Nationwide Fruit Recall Expands, Including Organic, Listeria Infected Packaging Feared

Fruit Recall: Thousands of Listeria-Infected Fruits Recalled By California Company, Consumers Advised To Check Fruit Labels Before Purchase

Fruit recall expands and U.S. consumers are advised to check carefully labels on fruits before purchase. As fruit recall expands with a Central California company, fruits such as fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold in the U.S. are requiring extra caution before purchase due to concerns over possible listeria contamination.

Find Us on Facebook

travelers today

© Copyright 2014 Travelers Today All Rights Reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics