On Dec. 25, over 1,200 people participated in Hanukah 2016/5777, an event celebrating the Jewish holiday that was held in downtown Moscow. The festival was organised by the Jewish Cultural Centre in part with Hillel Moscow, according to a statement issued by the centre.
Hanukah is a traditional Jewish holiday that is celebrated for eight days. It began on Dec. 24 this year and will continue until Jan. 1, 2017.
Rabbi Yakov Fridman, head rabbi for Moscow’s Jewish community, lit the second Hanukah candle during the opening ceremony, following which the guests watched a light show that told the story of the holiday.
The highlight of the evening was a performance by singer Marina Maximilian Blumin, who Israeli television’s Channel 9 had named Woman of the Year for her contribution to the development of Russian culture in Israel. Blumin performed her own songs, Russian classics and a song by Zemfira, a popular Russian singer.
The food included traditional Hanukah dishes like Sufganiyah, a jelly donut eaten during the holiday.
Of course, there were presents. The Jewish Cultural Centre and Hillel Moscow gave awards to both the winners of an interactive Hanukah-themed quest and to the most-liked Instagram posts that used the hashtag #TheХанука.