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Canary Wharf lights up the menorah for Jewish festival of Chanukah

PUBLISHED: 16:32 05 December 2018 | UPDATED: 07:17 06 December 2018

Canary Wharf celebrates the Jewish festival of Chanukah. Picture: Claire Byrne

Canary Wharf celebrates the Jewish festival of Chanukah. Picture: Claire Byrne

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A large Menorah has been erected in Canary Wharf's Jubilee Park to celebrate the Jewish festival of Chanukah running all this week.

How the menorah will look on the eighth day next Sunday with all lanterns alight for Chanukah. Picture: Claire ByrneHow the menorah will look on the eighth day next Sunday with all lanterns alight for Chanukah. Picture: Claire Byrne

It began on Sunday with a single light, followed with one more added each evening while prayers and psalms are recited until next Sunday’s full display at the end of the eight-day festival.

Chanukah is the ‘festival of lights’ commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire 2,200 years ago.

Canary Wharf Group’s Danny Seliger said: “The lighting of the Menorah is a chance for the community to come together to celebrate this festive moment in the Jewish calendar.”

Members of the Jewish Care centre at Stepney Green attended last night’s ceremony with a performance by the London Cantorial Singers at KPMG accountancy offices.

A communal candle lighting is also being held at HSBC bank tonight, followed by traditional festive doughnuts and latkes.

Tomorrow evening’s ceremony at Ernst & Young business management consultancy is performed by Menorah School boys’ choir from north London.

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