Purim Holiday Guide
Did you know that Purim is the only Jewish holiday when happiness is required?! Purim is truly a joyous holiday. Falling on the 13th day of the Hebrew month, Adar, Purim is a celebration of Esther and Mordechai’s success in foiling Haman’s plot to destroy the Jewish people. The story of Purim takes place in Shushan (someplace in modern day Iran), in 356 Before the Common Era.
This year, Purim begins at sunset on Thursday, February 25 and ends at sunset on Friday, February 26.
Purim is a story about survival and perseverance, it is a story that reminds us that girls can be heroes, and it is a story about the importance of speaking up for what is right. There are four main traditions of the Purim holiday that remind us why celebrating Purim is still relevant today.
Megilat Esther (The Story of Esther)
Every year, we retell the story of our favorite Purim players – Vashti, King Achashverosh, Esther, Mordechai, and Haman. Because Esther hid her Jewish identity from King Achashverosh, it has become custom for kids and adults to dress up in costume for Purim.
Mishteh (Festive Party)
After hearing the story of Esther, it is customary to sit down for a festive meal together. Purim carnivals, hosted by different congregations and typically open to the public, have become the modern day mishteh.
Matanot L’Evyonim (Gifts to Those in Need)
Even during times of our greatest joy, we must never forget that there are those around us in need.
Mishloach Manot (Giving Gifts)
It is custom to give gifts of food and drink to family and friends to help them celebrate Purim.
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