Festival of Lights illuminates North Dakota State Capitol

BISMARCK, N.D. - Five candles representing the Jewish Festival of Lights are illuminating the North Dakota State Capitol. Chabad North Dakota is marking the fourth day of Hanukkah with a public menorah lighting.

Hanukkah celebrates the ancient victory of the Israelites over the Greeks.

The candles are symbolic of oil that burnt in the ancient Temple that was supposed to last for one night, but ended up lasting for eight.

This is the fifth year Chabad has celebrated at the capitol.

"The menorah is really a universal message and in the past decades, it's become symbolic of the victory of light over darkness, freedom over oppression, and right over might. So it's really a perfect forum, the state capitol, because that's a really american value," said Chabad Rabbi Yonah Grossman.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp joined in the festivities.