HOMESTEAD, Pa. (KDKA) — The celebration of the Festival Of Lights took to the streets in Homestead.

The Jewish community in Pittsburgh is celebrating the Festival of Hanukkah, which began Sunday.

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Hundreds came out for a street party at The Waterfront on Monday.

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It’s a party that has become as much about embracing past traditions as it is new ones.

“It’s fun watching the community getting together,” Homestead Mayor Betty Esper said.

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The neighboring Jewish communities came together for the grand lighting of the 12-foot menorah.

The eight-day Jewish celebration of Hanukkah commemorates the rededication during the 2nd century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend, the Jewish people defeated their Greek-Syrian oppressors.

The light symbolizes joy, which overflowed at the street party with food, music and joyous dancing on Monday.

“We try to be community. And this is a time where community is important and to celebrate together is really, really nice,” Shmuel Weinstein said.

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“We’re celebrating Christmas, they’re celebrating Chanukah and it’s how people can get together and be one. We’re not divided in Homestead,” Esper said.