Menorah lights go on for Chanukah at Canary Wharf’s Jubilee Park
PUBLISHED: 15:53 07 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:53 07 December 2015
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A giant 20ft high Menorah—or candelabra—has been erected at Canary Wharf for the Jewish festival of Chanukah which began last night.
The first of eight lanterns were lit, with a second being added this-evening and another added at Jubilee Park each night of the eight-day “festival of lights”.
Several Canary Wharf big companies are joining in the festival through the week, starting today with Ernst & Young investment management having a candle lighting ceremony in their new building with all office staff across the business district invited to join.
Accountants KPMG hold their annual Chanukah party with traditional honey and doughnuts at their Canada Square offices on Wednesday for pensioners from Stepney’s Beaumont day-centre joining staff for lunch and entertainment.
Citi bank is holding a communal candle-lighting ceremony next to the Jubilee Park Menorah at 5.30pm on Thursday.
Canary Wharf Group’s Danny Seliger said: “The lighting of the Menorah is a chance for the community to come together with Canary Wharf workers to celebrate this festive moment in the Jewish calendar.”
Chanukah commemorates the re-dedication of the desecrated Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Syrian empire in the second century BC.