A parade of electric menorahs strapped to the roofs of cars will make its way from Evans to downtown Augusta tonight, when participants will gather for an annual Hanukkah celebration.
The celebration will start at 6:30 p.m. at Augusta Common.
Participants in the free event, sponsored by Chabad of Augusta, will light a 7-foot menorah, sing Hanukkah songs and eat latkes.
The evening also includes a first-ever pyrotechnic show.
“Hanukkah is all about adding light to the world, and (we) will try to incorporate a Hanukkah message in the show,” said Rabbi Zalman Fischer, of Chabad of Augusta, which has held a menorah lighting for 15 years.
Rabbi David Sirull, of Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, will be given the honor of lighting the first candle.
“Hanukkah has a very powerful message for us, even in our time,” the rabbi said. “Rededicating ourselves can mean so many different and important things.”
Hanukkah, which means “dedication,” celebrates a miracle that occurred when the Jews rededicated their holy temple nearly 22 centuries ago.
The Talmud records that although they found just enough oil to keep a fire burning for one night, the lamp burned for eight days.
This year, Hanukkah is celebrated Dec. 20-28.