Beijing's Chabad Rabbi Shimon Freundlich conducted the candle-lighting ceremony. The rabbi invited the vice president of the China Great Wall Society, which helped coordinate the event, to light the Shamash.
Come to think of it, though, since Chanukkah starts on Christmas day this year, I guess that Chinese restaurants will not be doing much business this evening.
1. David Singer12/25/2005 05:23:43 PM
We usually go to Chinese restaurants on Christmas Eve instead of the day itself.
But for what it's worth, American food is easily available in Beijing, at least in its franchised incarnations. I skipped it on my recent trip, though.
2. Richard Schwartz12/25/2005 09:20:57 PM
We've gone out for Chinese food on Christmas Eve or Christmas day in various years -- just a variation on a theme. Some years we've gone out to a movie, but lately my wife has been volunteering for nursing shifts on Christmas day so we haven't had the chance for that in a while.
3. David Singer12/26/2005 12:57:46 AM
And this discussion has even made it to CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/12/25/chinese.christmas.ap/index.html
(probable linkrot, so check it soon)
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