WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — While many are celebrating Christmas, another religious group is enjoying the Festival of Lights.
The Jewish community celebrates Chanukah each year to remember one of God’s great miracles more than 2,000 years ago. Around 100 members from Wilmington’s Jewish community gathered in Riverfront Park Saturday night to light the fifth candle on the menorah.
The eight candles represent the eight days that one day’s worth of special oil lasted in the Jewish Temple after the Greeks ransacked it.
“An important aspect in the holiday of Chanukah is publicizing the miracle which was good overcoming evil,” Rabbi Moshe Lieblich said. “That’s a message that’s universal, therefore we feel it’s important to publicize it as much as we can.”
Lieblich said the Jews had to fight for their religious freedom, and good did overcome evil. The riverfront menorah lighting is the only public lighting in town.