What is Purim?
Purim is a Jewish holiday/feast that usually falls in February or early March. This year Purim begins on the evening of March 4 and ends the evening of March 5. Purim celebrates the story of Esther–how the Jewish people were saved from a plot of mass murder in ancient Persia.
On Purim, the book of Esther is read out loud. Every time the name of “Haman” is mentioned, listeners make noise and boo and hiss. Haman was the evil man behind the plot to annihilate the Jews.
People also celebrate by dressing up in costumes and masks, eating a festive meal, giving to charity, and giving food and gifts to friends.
One of the yummy Purim treats is called Hamantaschen or Haman’s ears.
“Filled foods such as Hamantashen are typical, as they represent the intrigue associated with Queen Esther and Uncle Mordecai’s uncovering of Haman’s wicked plot. Sweet foods convey our wishes for a sweet future. Sephardic Jews eat cookies that are fried or baked in the shape of Haman’s ear, which was purported to be twisted and triangular in shape.”
I also read somewhere that the triangle shape may have represented the shape of the hat that Haman wore.
In VESSELS this Wednesday, we have our own Purim celebration. For 3 homework points, dress “royally.” Come in you finest, fanciest dress, or even better, in a princess/queen costume. We will have traditional Purim snacks and learn more about Esther. Don’t miss it!