Happy Purim 2017: Dates, What is Purim (History)? And Traditions Of The Festive Jewish Celebration

Happy Purim 2017 Dates, What is Purim, History, And Costumes, Traditions Of The Festive Jewish Celebration: Purim is a Jewish spring holiday based on the story of ancient Persian Empire. ‘Purim’ itself is a Persian word which means ‘lots.’ It is used as a reference to remember the date decided for the Jews’ annihilation was done by casting lots. (check: Holi messages.)



The holiday is observed every year on 14th of Adar in the Jewish calendar. However, the date varies as per the Gregorian calendar. This year, it falls on March 12-13.

Happy Purim 2017

The customs and traditions of this Jewish celebration aka Purim holiday include public readings of the Book of Esther (k’riat megillah), offering charity to the poor (matanot la’evyonim) and exchanging gifts with friends (mishloach manot). (share: Holi pics.)



Moreover, Purim also has a costume tradition. The festival has one component which is a boisterous feast (se’udah). During this time, they dress in costumes and drink to the maximum of their capacity.  They are asked to revel until they can’t differentiate Mordecai from Hama.

What is Purim 2017? The Book of Esther characterizes Mordecai and Haman as good and evil respectively. The book tells the story of all these characters. Haman used to be the right hand of the Persian king. He felt insulted when Mordecai didn’t bow to him. Haman found out that Mordecai was a Jewish. So, he decided to kill all Jews, and the king approved it. After that, Mordecai declared a time to mourn and penitence for Jews.

In the meantime, Esther, the wife of the King and niece of Mordecai planned to fast with all the Jews for three days. (Actually, this is the honorable story. That is why the Fast of Esther come into play and is done on the eve of Purim). Moreover, the King didn’t know that Esther was a Jewish and Mordecai prevented an attempt on his life.

After the fast had got over, Esther planned a succession of feasts in which she invited both the Haman and the king. Then, she revealed her religion and Haman wanted to annihilate all the Jews. After that, the king decided to hang Haman instead. Then, Mordecai took Haman’s place.

These cookies, called Hamantashen, are traditionally made on Purim.

Hamantashen are traditional cookies made on Purim.

Whenever the name of Haman is recited, festive noisemakers (called groggers) drowns it using every possible noise like shouting, stamping, booing to press the name down in the sound. On the other hand, Jews cheer the name of Mordecai.

However, by the end of night, the difference between Haman and Mordecai vanishes.

People during the book reading wear masks to accept the goodness, holiness, and that God is often hidden. It is the only book which doesn’t mention the name of God.

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