More about the Jewish holiday and where to celebrate in Scotch Plains-Fanwood.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Mark your calendars for the 25th day of the month of Kislev. That's when Hanukkah starts in 2012. For those of us who aren't so tuned into the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday Dec. 8. The holiday, also called the Festival of Lights, lasts eight days. Hanukkah commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enought oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. Yet the oil lasted for eight, according to the story, and thus the holiday of Hanukkah was born. Today, Jews generally celebrate by gathering together with family, lighting a menorah over the course of eight days, playing dreidel …
On Dec. 2 Santa will visit Scotch Plains, along with horse drawn carriage rides, holiday music and refreshments.
On Dec. 2 outside of the Scotch Plains Municipal building, Santa Claus will arrive to greet the children of town. The Scotch Plains Holiday Celebration will run from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on the Alan Augustine Village Green. Parents should bring their cameras as children will get a free photo with Santa! In addition to a snap shot with Mr. Claus, other events such as horse drawn carriage rides and carols sung by the Girl Scouts will take place. Also, hot chocolate and pastries will be provided courtesy of the Scotch Plains Volunteer Fire Association. Children can find Santa in the gazebo from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., followed by the holiday light ceremony at 5 p.m. Will you be attending? Events sponsored by the Scotch Plains Recreation …