The feast of Purim is a Jewish holiday in remembrance of the salvation and deliverance of the Jews from the hands of their archenemy Haman. It is a celebration of God’s faithfulness, protection and deliverance. Feast of Purim is also known as the feast of Lots where in the Book of Esther, Haman casted lots for the opportune time of the massacre of all the Jews in Persia. It was conspired due to what he thought as an insult and disrespectful attitude of Mordecai for not bowing to him.
Purim celebration in Israel has been developed into more of a national holiday than a religious customary observance because it is also a time to give gifts of food to friends and love ones, donating money to charities and a festive meal.
Other Fun and Exciting Facts about Purim
Since Purim was instructed to be remembered and be made known throughout every generation, Purim has also developed in a modern way without neglecting and leaving the traditional customs commanded in the Book of Esther.
- Because of the wearing of costumes of kids and children and knocking at every doorstep to bring gifts of food , it has been famously referred to as “Jewish Mardi Gras “ or the Jewish Haloween of non-Jews.
- The reading of the Book of Esther has never been monotonous because every time Haman’s name is mentioned the crowd are booing, hissing, and stamping their feet for contempt and cheering when Mordecai’s name is mentioned.
- Jews are required to give gifts to the needy.
- There are comedic plays of the Purim story in a very humorous and exaggerated manner while on their costumes.
- Adults are encouraged to drink and be drunk until they can’t tell the difference between “Cursed be Haman” and “Blessed be Mordecai.”
- People are also wearing mask while giving gifts to conceal their identity and to protect the dignity of the recipient.
- Beauty pageants are also held in the streets of Israel.
- The traditional food, Hamantaschen was created after Haman’s pocket; a pastry served in the festive meal of Purim in the afternoon.