FAIRFIELD — Celebrating the holiday, and hoping to inspire a brighter outlook in the world, Chabad of Fairfield hosted its annual menorah lighting ceremony Sunday evening, the fifth night of Hanukkah, on Sherman Green.

Miriam Landa, of Fairfield, whose husband, Rabbi Shlame Landa, led the ceremony, said the main message of this eight-day celebration was the spreading of light.

“In today’s world there’s plenty of darkness,” she said, “and I think everyone agrees that the more light we can spread, the better.”

“I think this is one of the things that enriches our holiday season here in Fairfield,” First Selectman Michael Tetreau said of the event, noting it as a celebration of inclusiveness.

“With the divisiveness that’s taking place at the national level,” he said, “we need that strong foundation here in Fairfield.”