Menorah lighting held in Grand Rapids for the first day of Hanukkah

A big menorah was lit in Calder Plaza.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - It's the first night in of Hanukkah, and some Jewish people in Grand Rapids were celebrating the holiday this evening at a big menorah in Calder Plaza. 

Hanukkah celebrates the small one-day supply of oil that burned for eight days after Jewish warriors drove Greeks out of the temple in Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago. 

Jewish people light one branch of the menorah for eight days to commemorate this history and observe the holiday. 

Traditional foods are eaten and gifts are exchanged. 

A lighting ceremony is planned at the menorah in Calder Plaza every night at 5 p.m. during the eight days of Hanukkah. 

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