The winter holiday season is already here. It is the time to prepare for Hamlet's cherished tradition of Festival of Lights.
For those of you who are new to the Hamlet this year, our luminary tradition has been an annual event for over 40 years.
The candles themselves have no religious or cultural meaning, but traditionally we light the candles in the evening on Dec.24th. While Christmas Eve is significant to the Christians who live in the neighborhood, we realize that for others it is just another night in our beautiful Hamlet.
On the evening of December 24th at dusk we light luminary candles and they softly glow most of the night. Our curvy roads and cull-de-sacs are spectacular when illuminated in such a manner. The glow from all these lights in unison is so beautiful.
Today Mclean Hamlet is a multi-national, multicultural, multigenerational, and multi-religious place to call home. With our diversity we need ways to relate to each other as a community and this is one simple way to say we are all part of a wonderful place in which we can live and raise our children. This unique tradition of our neighborhood can help strengthen us as a community. If you are at home for the holidays, make sure to drive or stroll around on luminary night to appreciate the magnificent display of Hamlet unity.
Please mark your calendars and participate in this community tradition on December 24th, weather permitting.
We hope that all of us will join together and support each other in continuing this great tradition!