story of Purim is told in the Biblical book of Esther and it's
a thriller! involving a beautiful heroine (Esther), the King of Persia (King Achashverosh) and his evil advisor, Haman.
The story not only features a Jewish extermination plot and a seat-of-your-pants intrigue, but a surprise ending ... as Esther saves the day!
This year, Purim begins at sunset on Wednesday, March 23 and will continue until sunset on Thursday, March 24, 2016.
Today, Jewish children the world over continue to commemorate the day by donning masks and dressing up in costumes to play King Ahashverosh, Queen Esther, Mordechai, and the evil Haman. Kids AND adults may appear at Purim in many other guises, as well from pirates and princesses to robots and rabbis at costume parties worldwide.
Even with more modern innovations, traditional graggers (or noisemakers used to drown out Haman's name during the reading of the book of Esther), and a generous helping of hamantaschen still remain must-haves for Purim.
More about Purim around the Web:
Read on to learn more about Purim - sometimes referred to as "the Jewish Mardi Gras" - one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar celebrated with costumes, parades, e-cards, coloring pages, video clips, songs and lots more family activities.
Judaism 101 - Purim
- The basic history behind the holiday, how it's celebrated
today, along with a complete recipe for hamantaschen...
- Wikipedia - Excellent, hyperlinked overview with
interesting facts and historical tidbits on the holiday including
the origins of the gragger, burning Haman in effigy,
the reading of the Megillah, songs and customs, related links.
Costumes Made Easy - Lots of do-it-yourself tips for
making no-sew Purim kids costumes including a ladybug, kitten,
flower, and a tzedakah (charity) box.
- Purim - Lots of good, colorful kid stuff here including
e-cards, online games, coloring pages, fun factoids and Purim