The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown, and lasts through sundown on December 24th. The holiday celebrates the rededication of the Temple after it was defiled by the Greeks. At that time, there was only enough olive oil to light the menorah for a single day, although it was supposed to be lit throughout the night every evening. Miraculously, the oil lasted eight nights, long enough to prepare fresh oil for use in the menorah.
In addition to our best wishes for the holiday, we wanted to share greetings from Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens.
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From Democratic Party of Georgia Chair DuBose Porter:
This evening, families across the world will gather to mark the beginning the Festival of Lights. The Democratic Party and I extend our warmest wishes to those observing Chanukah.
The story of the Maccabees should remind us that faith will always triumph over fear and skepticism, and to always look for light in times of darkness. When a committed group of believers stand together, they can accomplish extraordinary things.
From Georgia Republican Party Chair John Padgett:
Today, we send our warmest greetings to those who are celebrating Hanukkah – The Festival of Lights. This most joyous time is filled with special songs, games, and food. But more importantly, this eight-day celebration commemorates freedom from oppression and perseverance through adversity and persecution.
On behalf of the Georgia Republican Party – Happy Hanukkah! May you be blessed with good health and abundance!