Among all the Jewish holiday, the celebration of Purim is quite unique and very interesting in such a manner that its date is determined whether a person lives in a city surrounded by a wall or not. Purim is observed in some places in Israel while Shushan Purim is celebrated in the walled cities of Jerusalem and other walled cities in the time of Joshua.
When is Shushan Purim 2014
Shushan Purim in the Gregorian calendar falls on the evening of March 16 which is Sunday until the sunset of March 17 which is Monday.
Shushan Purim in the Hebrew calendar always takes place in the 15th day of the month of Adar.
Shushan Purim is always observed on the day after the celebration of Purim which normally occurs in the months of February or March.
Shushan Purim Background and Depiction
According to the Book of Esther, in the Purim story, when the Jews are fighting against the Persians on the 13th of Adar and won over the battle on that same day, they celebrated and rejoiced over their victory on the next day which is the 14th of Adar. But on some places like Shushan which is the walled city, they continue fighting on the 14th day until all their enemies were defeated, hence they rejoiced and rested only on the 15th day of Adar.
The Shushan Purim which is celebrated on the 15th of Adar is referred to as “Purim of the walled” cities. Today the only city that visibly celebrates Purim on the 15th day besides Shushan is Jerusalem.
Shushan Purim Customs and Traditions
Shushan Purim customs and traditions have no difference in the observance of the Purim holiday except that whenever the reading of the Book of Esther is instituted, there is no reciting of the blessings.
The joyous celebration continues on this day for other Jews in the walled cities. The giving of gifts to friends and neighbours are still part of the Shushan Purim. It was also commanded and written in the Book of Esther that the Jews should remember these two days every year and be kept by every single generation, every family, and every province and city. The memory of these should never be deserted and taken for granted among Jews and must never become extinct among their descendants.
Shushan Purim 2015
Shushan Purim will be on Friday, 06th of March.
Shushan Purim in the Gregorian calendar will take place on the evening of Thursday, 5th of March until the sunset of Friday, 06th of March.