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MENORAH PROCESSION TO LIGHT UP DOWNTOWN ONTARIO

Dec 19, 2019, 21:17 PM by Adrian Morales

Annual event set for December 29, 2019 at Ontario Town Square 

ONTARIO, California (Monday, December 23, 2019)   The Christmas on Euclid Experience,  a non- profit organization, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, has announced the return of the annual Menorah Procession starting at Ontario Town Square.  Downtown Ontario is in full swing of holiday celebrations during the month of December where several events provide a gathering place for the community at Ontario Town Square.  

On Sunday, December 29, 2019 everyone is welcome to join the Jewish community for a Menorah Procession starting at Ontario Town Square.  Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is an eight-day celebration, Jews celebrate the holiday by lighting an eight-branch candelabrum, commonly called a menorah.  “Chanukah is a joyous time and the Menorah is a universal symbol of freedom,” said Rabbi Shalom Harlig, Director and Rabbi of the Chabad of the inland Empire.  “The goal of this procession is to increase the awareness that light overcomes darkness and good triumphs over evil.” 

Over the past three decades, the practice of community Menorah processions has drawn a worldwide following.  The event is intended to promote this holiday’s concept of instilling light in the darkness.   The Menorah’s unique design endures as a symbol of spreading divine light to the world.

“At this juncture in time, there is a lot of darkness in the world,” said Rabbi Harlig “Just one light can dispel the darkness.”   The light is symbolic of a good deed and Chanukah is a time to remind us all that each one of us has the power to add light and good to this world.

Several members of the community will join together for the procession of Menorah-mounted vehicles, riding through neighborhoods, starting and ending in Ontario.   The celebratory event starts at 6:00pm with the lighting of the Menorah, Jewish music, traditional latkes and sufganiot, and crafts at Ontario Town Square Park located at 224 N. Euclid Avenue in Ontario, near the intersection of Holt Boulevard and Euclid Avenue.  The procession begins at 7 p.m. and will wind brightly through neighborhoods to its finish at Ontario Town Square.  For more information please call 909.949.4553 or visit www.chabadinlandempire.com.  For more information on all the events for the Christmas on Euclid Experience please visit the website at:  www.GOcvb.org

About Christmas on Euclid Experience

The Christmas on Euclid Experience, a non-profit organization, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been a tradition for thousands of visitors each year since 1922.    Free fun family events are planned at Ontario Town Square with live concerts, local dancers, Grammy award winning artists and more that bring visitors and the community together to enjoy the holidays.  The twinkling exhibition of festive lights and decorations are on display throughout the holiday season.  Families are delighted each year when the start of the holiday season is kicked off on the first weekend of December with the annual tree lighting ceremony at Ontario Town Square including holiday movies in the park, cookie decorating and a visit from Santa Claus. The second Saturday in December enjoy the all-day magical festival of craft vendors, carolers, snow play, carnival rides plus live music and entertainment when historic Euclid Avenue in Ontario, California is transformed into a whimsical winter wonderland with block upon block of family activities.   The iconic Euclid Avenue Nativity Scenes are on display from Thanksgiving thru News Years Day in January.  The twelve scenes have been a part of the community since 1958 and are free to view as you stroll along beautiful tree-lined Euclid Avenue in Ontario, California from “B” Street to “G” Street. For more information and a complete schedule of events visit www.GOcvb.org
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