First candle on Bill Graham Menorah in San Francisco to be lit for Hanukkah

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The first candle on the Bill Graham Menorah in San Francisco will be lit Sunday in honor of the first day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. (KGO-TV)

The first candle on the Bill Graham Menorah in San Francisco will be lit Sunday in honor of the first day of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights.

The Menorah lighting has been a Hanukkah tradition in the city since 1975.

It has been a Hanukkah tradition in the city since 1975.

There will be arts and crafts activities for kids starting at 2 p.m.

The candle-lighting ceremony starts at 4:30 p.m. in Union Square.

The Bill Graham Menorah Project dates to 1975, "when community leaders joined together to create the first big public menorah and celebration of Chanukah outside of Israel," according to the project's website. In 1993, then-Mayor Frank Jordan declared that the first Sunday of Chanukah each year would be celebrated as Bill Graham Menorah Day in honor of the famed concert promoter who built and supported the project.

More information on the Bill Graham Menorah Project is available on their website.

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Bay City News contributed to this report.
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