Mayor helps light menorah in Union Square

December 21, 2011 12:22:34 AM PST
Mayor Ed Lee helped light the first candle of the menorah in Union Square Tuesday evening to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.

The Bill Graham Menorah, which is 25 feet tall and made of mahogany, was built and first lit in 1975 with the funding of Graham, the famous concert promoter.

A new candle on the menorah will be lit on each of the eight days of Hanukkah, and on Sunday the city will celebrate "Bill Graham Menorah Day" with a full-day festival of arts and crafts at Union Square.

In 1993, two years after Graham died in a helicopter crash, then-Mayor Frank Jordan declared that the first Sunday of every Hanukkah would be Bill Graham Menorah Day in San Francisco.