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Today's 5: Happy Hanukkah Plainview!

The 'Festival of Lights' is being celebrated around town.

Menorahs were lit at sundown Tuesday in Plainview and around the world to welcome the "Festival of Lights," the eight-day Jewish holiday that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the 2nd century, BCE. In modern times, it has come to be thought of as a celebration of religious freedom. It's also a lot of fun.

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On Wednesday:

1. Several Hanukkah celebrations are planned around town this week. The conducts a community candle lighting service at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Tomorrow, there's a Menorah Lighting Celebration with traditional songs, latkes and goody bags for the children in Plainview at 4:30 pm. See our for more.

2. The has two free showings of Woody Allen's romantic comedy Midnight in Paris" Wednesday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Rated PG-13.

3. turned 1-year-old Tuesday. We wrote about the wild ride and how of our journey.

4. The held their at the Tuesday. See our story now and our video of the event later today.

5. All this month...Patch is paying special attention to the holidays. For example, we have stories about holiday fire safety, ways to volunteer and donate, special gifts for kids, and

Do you have an event that deserves in Patch?? A need for volunteers? We want all of them and plan to publish them prominently and throughout the month in our UPDATED Holiday Guide.  Send your stories, photos and publicity needs to Local Editor at  Joe.Dowd@patch.com.

Tom December 21, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Yes, it is a celebration of religious freedom but it is also a celebration of the survival of the Jewish people. I'm not Jewish but you will see a menorah in my front window. Happy Hanukkah!
Joe Dowd December 21, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Tom: Yours is an expression of understanding we should all share. The entire world should share the light of the menorah. Happy Hanukkah.

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