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NY Hasidic village: Holiday bonfire draws 50,000

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KIRYAS JOEL, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York Hasidic community was expecting 50,000 people for a bonfire and other celebrations of the Jewish holiday Lag Baomer.

Officials in Kiryas Joel say Satmar Hasidim from throughout New York will gather in the Orange County village for the bonfire at 11 p.m. Saturday and dancing in the streets afterward.

They say it's the largest such celebration in the U.S.

The holiday marks happiness and thanks for the writings of a rabbi and Talmudic sage who died 1900 years ago.

Kiryas Joel is 48 miles north of New York City.

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