Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

December 20, 2011 14:00 ET

Minister Kenney Issues Statement Celebrating Chanukah

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2011) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement in celebration of Chanukah:

"In homes across the country, friends and families will gather together today at sundown to light candles in celebration of the first night of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.

"The eight-day holiday commemorates the triumph of the Maccabees in their revolt against the oppressive Seleucid Empire of Antiochus IV Epiphanes more than two thousand years ago. The Maccabees' victory resonates today as a great triumph of religious freedom over subjugation, and - as signified by the lighting of the Menorah - of light over darkness.

"Chanukah is a joyous time of family gatherings, gift giving, traditional ceremonies, and the enjoyment of holiday songs, food and children's games. For all Canadians, the holiday represents an opportunity to reflect on the exceptional contribution of the Jewish community to our country.

"As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I wish a happy Chanukah - Chanukah Sameach - to all those celebrating in Canada and around the world."

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Contact Information

  • Candice Malcolm
    Minister's Office
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    613-954-1064

    Media Relations
    Communications Branch
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    613-952-1650
    CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca