Celebrations Highlight Diversity
November 20, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University will hold its next Chapel Hour on
Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 11:00 a.m. in the Evelyn Chapel (1301 N. Park St., Bloomington).
The service, titled “Hanging of the Greens,” will celebrate the start of the holiday
season. Participants can hang wreaths, place greens in the windows, and decorate the
tree with ornaments.
The service will kick off a week of festivities. These holidays will be celebrated
early because of IWU’s Winter Break. All of the events are open to the public.
“Hanukkah Celebration” will take place in the Main Lounge located in the Memorial
Center (104 E. University St., Bloomington) on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. The
festivities will include an explanation of the Hanukkah story, songs, games and other
Hanukkah commemorates the recapture of the Jewish temple from the Syrians in 165 BCE
by a Jewish group called the Maccabees. The Maccabees rededicated their temple to
God, but only had enough oil to light the temple lamps for one night. The oil lasted
for eight days, allowing the Maccabees to prepare more oil. Every year Jewish families
celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah by lighting one candle each night for the eight
nights on the menorah, a particular kind of candelabra, and exchanging gifts
On Thursday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Turfler Room (located in the Memorial Center),
the Kwanzaa Celebration will include food and story-telling in honor of the holiday.
Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, celebrates African-American
heritage and culture. The holiday, which is not a religious celebration, is a chance
for people to reflect at the end of the year, while looking ahead to the next year
The week will conclude with a University Service of Lessons and Carols in Evelyn Chapel
on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m.
For additional information, contact the Chaplain’s Office at (309) 556-3005.
Contact: Heather Lindquist, (309) 556-3181