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First candle of Kelowna’s downtown menorah lit to mark the start of Hanukkah

People gathered to enjoy treats, song and community on the first day of Hanukkah
Menorah lighting ceremony in Kelowna’s Stuart park, Dec. 7, 2023. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

A little rain could not stop people from coming together to celebrate the first day of Hanukkah in Kelowna.

Approximately 150 people gathered to enjoy treats, music and community as the first candle of a large menorah was lit on Dec. 7, in Kelowna’s Stuart Park.

Families came together to celebrate the first day of the 2023 Hanukkah season. The Jewish holiday is celebrated from Dec. 7 until Dec. 15, this year.

A new candle will be illuminated on each of the eight nights throughout of the holiday season.

To learn more about the other Hanukkah celebrations organized by the Okanagan Chabad House visit

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Jacqueline Gelineau

About the Author: Jacqueline Gelineau

I'm a reporter in the beginning stages of my career. I joined the team at Capital News in November 2021...
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