Giant Menorah lighting and Chanukah celebration in Bricktown tonight

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Bricktown in Oklahoma City will be full of light Tuesday night to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah, or Chanukah.

There will be a giant Menorah lighting and Chanukah celebration taking place Tuesday evening  at the 3rd Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark home to the Oklahoma City Dodgers from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m.

It’s free and open to the public.

Oklahoma Senator-elect James Lankford  and other public dignitaries will address the crowd and help light the Menorah.

There will also be  live music, dancing, and Hanukkah Gelt (chocolate coins – a Hanukkah tradition) for the children.

Traditional Hanukkah treats such as Latkes (potato pancakes) and doughnuts, will also be served.

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, or Chanukah, commemorates the rededication of the Jewish Temple by the Maccabaeus in 165 B.C., and is celebrated for eight days beginning the 25th day of Kislev corresponding this year to the eve of December 16th through December 24th, 2014.

The Hanukkah Menorah is a universal symbol of faith and hope when freedom wins over oppression, light overpowers darkness, and decency triumphs over destruction.

“A little bit of light can dispel a great deal of darkness”, said Rabbi Ovadia Goldman, Chabad’s Regional Director. “Our goal is to introduce the light and warmth of the Chanukah lights to the entire community, and to brighten the lives of individuals, families and children, not only in their homes, but also in their public thoroughfares and places of business. We are excited to join the hundreds of cities around the world which celebrate Chanukah through a public Menorah lighting.”

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