BOSTON (CBS) – Mayor-elect Marty Walsh helped light a giant menorah in Downtown Crossing Wednesday night.

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The Jewish Festival of Lights began at sundown and will last eight days.

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This year, Thanksgiving occurs during the holiday, prompting some to call the day “Thanksgivukkah.”

“It’s a very exciting night to celebrate Hanukkah and Thanksgiving,” Walsh said during the ceremony. “The next time this happens 77,000 years from now, I won’t be the Mayor of Boston.”

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