"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said. "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land. After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps. But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.
In the spirit of the principles on which it was founded, I proudly wish a Happy Kwanzaa to the thousands around the country who have embraced and celebrate this very important holiday in the African American community. Kwanzaa, first observed as a holiday tradition in 1966, is a celebration of family, community and culture.