Chabad of Baton Rouge will host a Chanukah celebration on Dec. 6, the fist night of Chanukah on the steps of the State Capitol.

Hot latkes, chocolate gelt, soufganiyot (traditional jelly doughnuts) children’s activities, along with the lighting of the city’s largest menorah, are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. and go until 6 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

With this year’s celebration, Baton Rouge joins thousands of communities worldwide, from in front of the White House to near the Eiffel Tower in central Paris, in marking 42 years since the first public menorah was lit at the Liberty Bell in 1974. Today, that unprecedented public display of Hanukkah has become a staple of Jewish cultural and religious life.

Throughout the state, Chabad-Lubavitch will be presenting scores of Hanukkah events and celebrations, including public menorah lightings at such sites as the River Walk in New Orleans, a 50-car Menorah Parade, latke parties and more.