December 18 marks the first day of Hanukkah, the eight day Jewish festival, Halifax is celebrating with the lighting of Canada's largest public Menorah at Grand Parade downtown.
The menorah will be first lit on Monday December 19 at 6:00 p.m. with a celebaration.
Mayor Mike Savage, Lieutenant Governor Arthur J. LeBlanc and other dignitaries and community leaders will participate with the leadership of Rabbi Mendel Feldman.
A candle on the candelabra will be lit each evening of Hanukkah, ending on December 26.
The giant candelabra is erected by Chabad Lubavitch Organization to promote an awareness and appreciation of the Hanukkah Festival and its message, the triumph of freedom over oppression, spirit over matter and light over darkness.
In addition to lighting the Menorah, the celebration will include a light show, latkes (a potato pancake) and sufganiot (a type of jelly donut) as well as small gifts of money for children in the community.