The Midlands Jewish community will begin the eight-day festival of Hanukkah Wednesday at dusk with the annual Menorah Lighting at the State House.
USC President Harris Pastides will be the guest speaker for the 5:45 p.m. ceremony, which will include special music, latkes and cider as part of the annual festivity. A Hannukah car parade will leave the Columbia Jewish Day School at 5 p.m. and head down Trenholm Road to Gervais Street so that children and parents can participate in the annual event.
Hannukah commemorates an ancient Jewish military victory and the miracle of the temple oil, which lasted for eight days instead of one.
This year, for the first time in 100 years, the first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on Nov. 28.