Town officials at the Wilton menorah lighting included selectman Dave Clune (L), first selectman Lynne Vanderslice (center) and state rep. Gail Lavielle (R).

The annual menorah lighting in Wilton to commemorate the start of Hanukkah has been scheduled for Monday, Dec. 26. It will take place on the Wilton Town Green in Wilton Center.

Hosted by the Schneerson Center of CT, Wilton’s menorah lighting is a celebration of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, which this year begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 24 and ends on January 1. The public is invited to the lighting, which will feature holiday music, donuts, dreidels and other holiday giveaways. A family-friendly event, the candle lighting is geared to all ages.

The lighting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m..

Hanukkah is the Jewish festival of lights. The holiday and the lighting of the menorah celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the Greek Syrian oppressors in the land of Israel and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its destruction during the second century BCE. Although the Maccabees had only one day’s supply of olive oil, it miraculously lasted eight full days until new oil was obtained. Hanukkah is thus celebrated for eight consecutive days with the lighting of one candle on the first night, and increasing each night with an additional light until all eight are lit. The menorah is a symbol of hope and freedom.

“Hanukkah candles shine their radiance into the street, reflecting our task in this world,” says the Schneerson Center’s Rabbi Levi Stone, who will lead Wilton’s menorah lighting. “We must bring light not only inside our own homes, but also outward into the world. Hanukkah’s message has something simple but quite significant to say. We repair the world in small steps, light by light, act by act, day by day. God asks us to do what we can, when we can, and each act mends a fracture of the world.”

In addition to Wilton’s menorah lighting, the Schneerson Center will be hosting three other local celebrations:

  • Weston:   Monday, Dec. 26, at 4:45 p.m. at Weston Town Center, 190 Weston Rd.
  • Stew Leonard’s/Norwalk:  Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 5 p.m.
  • Westport:  Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Compo Acres Shopping Center 400 Post Rd. East