16 January 2019 - 10 Shevat 5779 - י' שבט ה' אלפים תשע"ט
All of Hong Kong lights up for Chanukah E-mail

For most kids (and adults), Chanukah is a time for latkes, donuts, gifts, gelt and colourful candles. Last December, Chabad of Hong Kong inspired a new Chanukah highlight for the children and parents of 20 families here. The third night of Chanukah brought a new way to celebrate as nearly 50 people fanned out across Hong Kong to spread the true message of the Festival of Lights.

From Lantau to Repulse Bay and from Kowloon to Central and the Mid-Levels, light stations were set up and over 2,000 bracelets with the message of “Light up the world with Kindness” were distributed to passers-by. The response from the recipients of these bracelets and the participants in these events was truly beyond Chabad’s expectations. Each light station was equipped with a pull-up sign, a large supply of rubber bracelets in English and Chinese, and light-up bracelets and hats for the station “managers”.

The event grew out of a simple discussion at a Kiddush lunch at Chabad a few weeks prior. A WhatsApp group was quickly put together, details were discussed, supplies were ordered from China and within a week the organisers and volunteers were ready to “hit the road”.

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