23 grudnia 2016
Ceremony of lighting Chanukah candles in 2015 (photo by Andrzej Hrechorowicz / KPRP)

Ladies and Gentlemen!

On the occasion of the annual Festival of Lights, I extend cordial wishes to the entire Jewish community in Poland. Lighting up the eight Hanukkah candles throughout the coming week, you will be recalling the miracle that occurred in the Temple of Jerusalem after the victory of the Maccabean Uprising. I am very glad that Hanukkah candles were lit for the first time in the Presidential Palace 10 years ago now thanks to an initiative of the late President Professor Lech Kaczyński. It is an expression of the respect of the Polish state and of an eagerness to reinforce the Republic of Friends.

I would like this exceptional holiday season, uniting the people of Poland, to remind us, the people of today, of the magnificent thousand years of heritage of the land of Polin. Let this special atmosphere also continue into our everyday lives, let it inspire and encourage us further in the joint construction of a good future for our Homeland. To all of you, from the depths of my heart, I wish you joy and peace, health and happiness, satisfaction from the successes already achieved, and all the strength necessary to complete your forever new plans and intentions.

President of the Republic of Poland