APEX, N.C. (WTVD) -- Hanukkah officially begins at sundown on the 25th of Kislev, a month in the Hebrew calendar that usually falls within November or December.
In downtown Apex, people gathered for a menorah lighting ceremony to mark the start of the Jewish holiday.
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"When you're a minority it is so important to have opportunities to display your heritage in a happy and joyous way, that's what we are trying to do here," said Rabbi Yisroel Cotlar. "To see three, four five-hundred kids come out and celebrate Hannukah together, it feels me with such deep joy."
The holiday miracle kicked off at the Apex Community Center, the venue being transformed into a Hanukkah holiday party.
Kids of all ages were able to decorate deep-fried foods like donuts and even decorate menorahs and play Hanukkah games.
Hanukkah ends Dec. 30.