A National Hanukkah Menorah is lit on the White House grounds, at the Ellipse during the eight day Jewish holiday commemorating the Jewish Maccabees' military victory over Syrian oppression more than 2,000 years ago. During Hanukkah, Jews across the world celebrate the miracle of light that burnt for eight days out of a single-days-worth of oil found in the Temple. One Hanukkah candle is lit the first night, and an additional candle is lit each successive night. The holiday is a celebration of religious freedom and hope.
This year, the National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony takes place on Sunday, 17 December 2006, at 4 pm. Admission is free.
Taken on Wednesday evening, 13 December 2006 of the National Hanukkah Menorah's installation, if clicked, the above photo links to my 2006 National Hanukkah Menorah's photoset.