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Detroit Lakes Celebrates Thanksgivukkah

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The holiday season is special for many, but this year it's actually rare.       For the second time in history, families could celebrate thanksgiving and Hanukkah on the same day. It's an event donning the name "Thanksgivukkah." It hasn't happened in more than a century and it's not forecasted to come again for tens of thousands of years. A Detroit Lakes community says, regardless of religion everyone can join in on the celebration.

 Not too much time to prepare but enough passion in their hearts to carry on. A community celebrating the unity of two holidays with a public Menorah Lighting at the Detroit Lakes community center on Summit Avenue.

Gary Krosgaard, coordinated the event welcoming the community with open arms.

"We've invited all our religious leaders and our Mayor our town leaders and everyone is included."

It's a special time says Rabbi Grossman of the Chabad of North Dakota.

"We commemorate two miracles- the victory of the Maccabees, a ban of faithful Jews against the mighty Greek armies."

The second reason centering Hanukkah he says,

"When the Jewish people came back to the temple in Jerusalem there was only enough oil to light the menorah for one day then a miracle happened and the menorah was lit for eight days."

After the ceremony, a special treat was served.

"We make foods that go in oil whether it is donuts, the potato pancake- the latke," says Krosgaard.

Good food followed by traditional hymns. Behind the celebration, they say a universal message is found.

Edward Gehrke of One Heart One Mind says,"world peace is helpful for all of us to understand each other."

"The message of Hanukah is to share the light. We light the menorah in a public place so that we don't just keep it to ourselves. We want the whole world to benefit from it," says Rabbi Grossman.

"Let us always know that light beats darkness," adds Krosgaard.

 If you would like to attend the next lighting of the menorah visit jewish nd.org.



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