Purim is Judaism's most festive holiday. It commemorates the Jewish people's deliverance from a genocidal plot to destroy them hatched by the evil Haman in the ancient Persian Empire. Like some other Jewish holidays, Purim can be summarized as: "They tried to kill us, they failed, lets eat!"
Purim is celebrated in many ways. We read of the Megilla, a scroll that recounts the story of Purim. It is also traditional to the give gifts of food and drink to our friends and money to the poor. Purim is also celebrated by wearing masks and costumes, and copious amounts of drinking, eating, and partying. A traditional Purim snack is a Hamantashen, a triangular shaped pastry filled with jam.
Purim is Wednesday night March 7th through Thursday March 8th .
The Fast of Esther starts Wednesday, March 7th at 4:45am and ends at 6:10pmCheck out some of the Purim festivities happening in and around campus here.
To learn more about Purim visit the following resources:
Also check out this video of tomb of Mordechai and Esther, the heroes of the Purim story, here. The site is located in present day Iran.