By Justin Udo

by Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hundreds of people gathered on Independence mall to celebrate Hanukkah and light one of the world’s largest menorahs.

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On Monday evening more than 200 cars paraded down Market Street with menorahs on their roofs, as on-lookers danced and sang songs in celebration of The Jewish Festival of Lights.

“I’ve been doing it for years, and every time I see it I get goose bumps because it just shows that we’re strong as ever,” said one parade-goer.

Hanukkah is celebrated over eight days, and one candle on the menorah is lit each night in observance of the holiday.

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(credit: Justin Udo)

(credit: Justin Udo)

Philip Berman has been helping to light the menorah since 1979. He says it’s a great experience every year.

“It’s just good will among men and women and for people to just enjoy themselves. It’s a happy time, and if the whole world would recognize that, we’d have a lot more peace,” said Berman.

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The 32-foot menorah stands in the same spot where, in 1974, it is thought the first menorah was ever illuminated on public property in the world.