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County Administration building to glow blue, white each night through Hanukkah

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Posted at 9:14 PM, Dec 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-13 00:14:53-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Residents will be able to catch the County Administration Building's celebration of the Festival of Lights through Dec. 18.

The building will light up nightly in blue and white until Dec. 18, according to the county.

The nightly show adds to the list of distanced celebrations San Diegans will enjoy this year due to the pandemic.

On Monday, the Del Mar Fairgrounds will host a drive-in concert at 4:30 p.m. as part of The Chabad Centers of San Diego County's Chanukah Spectacular, featuring a Grand Menorah lighting, Chanukah gifts, and musical performances headlined by Israeli pop star Gad Elbaz. Tickets can be purchased online.

Hanukkah, which means "dedication," is celebrated by lighting candles on the menorah each day of the 8-day holiday at sundown. The lights are intended to let passersby see them and be reminded of the holiday's miracle.

Once the Jews defeated the Hellenist Syrian forces of Antiochus IV in 165 B.C. following a three-year rebellion, the temple in Jerusalem was rededicated to Judah Maccabee, who led the insurgency.

According to the story of the holiday, Maccabee and his soldiers wanted to light the temple's ceremonial lamp but found only enough oil to burn for one day. The oil, however, burned for eight days.