The festival of Purim marks the salvation by Esther (who would soon be queen) of the Jewish people from extermination by the chief minister to the King of Persia. The date of this massacre was chosen by “lot” or “Pur.” Haman plotted to “kill, annihilate and destroy the young, old, infants and women in a single day.”
We celebrate with the reading of Megillat Esther, special readings, a Purim spiel (a funny, joyous play that tells the story of Esther and the demise of Haman), music, special food, charity and feasting.
Significance: Remembers the defeat of a plot to exterminate the Jews
Observances: Public reading of the book of Esther while “blotting out” the villain’s name.
Length: 1 day
Customs: Costume parties; drinking; eating fruit-filled hamantash
Date: March 20-21, 2019