Chanukah celebrators kicked off a first night celebration in West Hartford Sunday.
Organizers said it was the 8th year that residents flocked to Blue Back Square for the annual Fire and Ice Celebration.
The celebration featured a giant block of ice that was sculpted into a menorah. The event concluded with its lighting.
Also featured were a number of Jewish music acts and activities for all ages.
The whole event was hosted by the Chabad of Greater Hartford.
It marked the first night of the Jewish holiday, which lasts eight days.
Hundreds of people observed a student choir from the Hebrew Academy, an interactive construction of a large Lego dreidel and the giant ice menorah.
Before the lighting, a passing of the torch ceremony was held to represent different members of the Jewish community.
Among those honor was a holocaust survivor and an immigrant from communist Russia.
Families told Eyewitness News that they’ve made the night a tradition for the last eight years. They called it fun and educational.
"There's no more central part of West Hartford than Blue Back Square,” said Howard Rosenblatt of West Hartford. “So we're here to publicize the holiday and the miracle of Chanukah."
"It has become a great tradition for us for the children to see the joy in their eyes as we light the candles each night,” said Rebecca Rosenblatt, also of West Hartford.
The ice menorah remained lit for most of the evening.
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