The lights of the holiday season glow blue and silver for eight glorious days, as Hanukkah observes the reclamation of the Holy Jewish Temple.
In 164 BC, Jewish Macabees overthrew the tyrannical Syrian King Antiochus IV to reclaim the temple in Jerusalem. Re-lighting the sacred lanterns of the temple, the Macabees witnessed the miracle of Hanukkah -where oils that were supposed to last just one day burned for eight.
Thus, the eight nights of the Holiday.
Dave Simon, executive director of the Jewish Community Center, says 2016 is going to be big. Big celebrations, big feasts and the biggest Menorah in history. Albuquerque-ans can join the JCC on December 10th for “Oy!”, a sketch-comedy show about the holiday and its idiosyncrasies. On the 11th, the JCC will host the Hanukkah Festival, featuring shopping, seasonal food, activities for the kids and more.
Chabad, in association with the JCC, will be producing the largest Menorah in the world on the last night of Hanukkah, December 31st. Nine hot-air balloons will glow at Balloon Fiesta park in commemoration of the holiday.
How much more New Mexican can you get?