Nashville Menorah Lighting Ceremony

The first day of Chanuakh may not be until tomorrow, but the first light on the menorah gets lighted tonight, and Mayor Karl Dean is leading the official ceremony tonight.

Tonight at 4:30 (it’s sad to me that it gets dark enough to light a menorah at 4:30) head on down to Riverfront Park to be there for the official lighting of the only menorah on government-owned property, which makes this whole thing a really big deal. Karl Dean wants to spread a Chanuakh message to the entirety of Nashville, and I think that’s great. It goes without saying that Christmas tends to completely overpower Chanuakh, especially in the South, so it makes me glad to see another religion’s holiday getting some much-deserved recognition.

Additionally, Chanukah Gelt, Dreidels and doughnuts will be distributed to all participants, which I think is a pretty awesome little touch.

Happy Chanukah!



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