Chanukah starts with lighting of menorahs

11/27/2013 10:18 EST | Updated 01/27/2014 05:59 EST
The start of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah on Wednesday evening was marked by celebrations across Toronto and the GTA.

At Mel Lastman Square in North York, a large menorah was lit to start the eight day festival of light.

At Queen’s Park, Premier Kathleen Wynne lit a menorah and held a Chanukah reception with a group of young people.

In Ottawa, meanwhile, Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement saying Chanukah “provides a meaningful opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the remarkable contributions, both past and present, of the Jewish-Canadian community.”