Hanukkah candlelighting ceremony
See also: Presidential address during a Hanukkah ceremony - May this light, especially on the centenary of Poland's regaining independence, be also a symbol of the survival of Polish Jews, all the dramatic twists and turns of history notwithstanding; may it be a symbol of such indestructibility - said President Andrzej Duda during the ceremony of lighting Hanukkah candles, in which the First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda also took part.
- I would like to thank you very much for the opportunity to meet on this feast, the Hanukkah feast - on the centenary of Poland's regaining independence, to meet as a community of people living in Poland, as a community of those who make up Polish society, who want to be together - said Andrzej Duda. As he added, Polish Jews represent great Polish tradition, they represent over one thousand years of our common shared history. – It has had its beautiful moments and difficult moments, but it also involves many people who have permanently gone down the annals of Poland’s history, thus becoming an important element of Polish culture, Polish tradition - he emphasized.
The President recalled that on November 11, he posthumously awarded the Order of the White Eagle to two Polish Jews - Baruch Steinberg, the Chief Rabbi of the Polish Army, murdered by the NKVD in Katyn as a Polish soldier, a Polish officer, and Janusz Korczak, an outstanding model of humanism and care for the youngest.
In the Jewish calendar, Hanukkah always begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev; in the Gregorian calendar, its celebrations take place from November to December. This year's Hanukkah started on December 2.
Hanukkah is one of the most joyous Jewish holidays, celebrated for eight days. On each of them, after dark, the Jews light one candle on a Hanukkah nine-branch candlestick – Hanukkah menorah. On the ninth auxiliary arm of the candle holder there is a “shamash” - a candle from whose flame all others are lit. The name of the holiday comes from the verb "Khanach", meaning consecrate, inaugurate.