Jewish Holiday Purim: How to Celebrate BEST Guide

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In 2018, the holiday of Purim falls on February 28 – March 1. Read on Nexter.org all the facts you need to know about this holiday.

Purim Background

The Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated on the 14th and 15th of the Hebrew month of Adar.

One of the most cheerful Jewish holidays is set in in honor of the miraculous salvation of Jews in the Persian kingdom during the reign of King Ahasuerus more than 2,400 years ago.

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The name of the holiday, Purim,  is the plural form of the Persian word `Pur‘, and thus means “lots”.

Purim is the first national holiday, established not by the Torah and it’s not included in the number of the ecclesiastical.

The history of the holiday is described in the details in one of the Old Testament books.

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Purim begins and ends with the reading of the Scroll of Esther, which narrates the history of Purim.

To read the Scroll, all the Jews gather in the synagogues. Also, the important rule is that the Scroll is handwritten, but if there is no such one, it’s allowed reading the printed version.

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How to celebrate Purim

The most important duties to perform during Purim are the dinner for friends and donations to the poor.

On the holiday every Jew is obliged to send a gift consisting of at least two delicacies, which you can eat or drink. This custom is called “mishloach manot” – “sending of portions“.

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The gifts to the poor are more important than the “mishloach manot“. It is believed that one who cares for the poor, widows and orphans, is likened to the Almighty.

On this day, donations must be made to at least two people in need.

Traditional sweet treats are triangular patties, which are called “Hamantash“. Patties baked with poppy seeds, nuts, dried fruits, and jam.

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During Purim, people take part in theatrical performances, called ‘Purim spiel’, carnival processions, costumed balls, and masquerades.

These performances take place to remind you that the divine plan is hidden under the occasional coincidences. In the Middle Ages, during such representations, people burned the effigy of Haman.

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