'Hanukkah candles remind us that light drowns out darkness'

Canadian Prime Minister wishes the Jewish people a happy Hanukkah.

Ben Ariel ,

Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday wished the Jewish people a happy Hanukkah.

Hanukkah began at sundown on Tuesday with the lighting of the first candle.

“At sunset today, Jewish communities in Canada and around the world will welcome the beginning of Hanukkah – one of the oldest traditions in the world,” said Trudeau.

“For eight nights, families and loved ones will celebrate the Festival of Lights by lighting the candles of the menorah, one by one. Together, they will pray, sing, enjoy food, and share stories of hope.”

“Hanukkah is a time to honor the profound strength of the Jewish people, and their triumph over immense adversity. Each Hanukkah candle reminds us that love conquers hatred, that light drowns out darkness, and that even our smallest actions have the power to make a difference in the world,” said the Canadian Prime Minister.

“This year, we have marked 150 years of Confederation – a chance to celebrate the many cultures, traditions, and beliefs that help make Canada such a wonderful place to live. Jewish Canadians have made significant contributions to our communities and our country, and continue to make Canada inclusive, open, and strong,” he continued.

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a happy and peaceful Hanukkah. Chag Hanukkah Sameach.”

Also on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a statement wishing the Jewish people a happy Hanukkah.

“On this holiday, we are proud to stand with the Jewish people who shine as a light to all nations. We also stand with the people of Israel, the Jewish State, which has itself a miraculous history of overcoming the tallest of odds. We hope that those observing the holiday here, in Israel, and around the world have a wonderful holiday,” Trump said.