On March 24 we were introduced to the wonderful Jewish holiday of Purim. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Purim, it is commonly described as the Jewish form of Halloween. It is celebrated on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar, usually late winter/early spring.The name itself means “lots”, which comes from the fact that a lottery was drawn to decide the date of a decreed Jewish genocide by a Prime Minister named Haman.
The story of Purim comes from the biblical anecdote of Ester and her husband King Ahasuerus. Ester never revealed her Jewish heritage to the king until the eve of the proposed massacre, and because of her beauty and her having the king’s favor, the killings were abandoned.
The Chabad of Wilmington allowed us to help and participate in their wonderful holiday, and last Thursday we got up close and personal with our very own Purim Party. The theme was under the sea and we got to see some very creative costumes. There was a reading from the Megillah (The Book of Ester), noisemakers, lots of food, a pirate show, and of course, dancing. The adults were having more fun than the kids!
There are many reasons that dressing up is such a huge part of Purim. One of them being that the miracle itself of Purim was disguised in natural events—like Ester revealing last minute to the king who she really was, which then saved her people. To find out more about why dressing up and celebrating Purim is a major part of the Jewish community, click here!