Purim, one of the most festive holidays for the Jewish people, is observed annually on the 14th of Adar in the Hebrew calendar and this year takes place from sunset on March 9th through nightfall on March 10th. Purim commemorates a time 2500 years ago when Mordechai and Esther the Queen of Persia, saved their Jewish brethren from being killed.
According to the history of the holiday, Haman, the King of Persia’s Prime Minister, became enraged when Mordechai refused to yield to his demands, so he devised a plot to eliminate the Jews. Mordechai learned of his plot and reached out to Esther, an orphan he raised, who was married to the King. As a sign of love and devotion to his Queen, the King put an end to Haman’s unconscionable plot by killing Haman and his sons.
On the Feast of Purim, Jewish people come together to remember and pay homage to Mordechai and Esther. Reading from “Book of Esther” is an important part of the celebration. An excerpt from Book of Esther instructs the Jews to “make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.” For this reason, the Purim holiday is a time for feasting on traditional meals; popular among these dishes are the Hamantaschen cookies. The holiday is also a time when gifts are exchanged as an expression of one’s kindheartedness and charitable interest in others. Popular celebrations include carnivals, pageants and festive Purim parties where both adults and children dress in costumes.
Here are 5 costume ideas that children can wear during Purim festivities:
Make this year’s Purim party memorable by choosing festive costumes for your children to wear. But you have to choose quickly, as Purim is only a few weeks away!