The Jewish holiday of Purim is all about happiness, giving, food and fun. It is an exuberant, noisy, costumed holiday celebrated by the observant Jewish community. Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, which is usually in March. Purim is fun. The real background is to commemorate the defeat of the villain, Haman, who plotted to massacre the Jews. When children hear the story, they get to playfully shake their noisemakers and blow their horns whenever they hear “Haman” so as to drown out the villain’s name.
Purim is a happy holiday. Usually everyone goes to work and if they go to religious school or synagogue, that is where a carnival-like celebration complete with costumes takes place. There are many interpretations of why costumes are worn on Purim. One idea is that in costumes it is harder to tell who is poor and who is wealthy. Since it is a time when everyone gives to each other, everyone receives. Here’s how to celebrate:
With Treat Bags or Baskets
Sending and giving treat bags is a typical activity in an observant Jewish household. The sending of any gifts of food and drink is referred to as shalach manos (“sending out portions”). This Happy Purim Basket ($15.95) is an easy option to gift family and friends for the holiday.
This traditional favorite can be bought at all Jewish bakeries or made yourself. These triangular fruit-filled cookies are supposed to represent the villain Haman’s three-cornered hat.
Mail Care Packages to those Far Away
Baskets and boxes are always sent to the college kids who can’t be home for the usual festivities. Send snacks in a College Care Package like this one, which has all the foods college kids like to nibble on while studying ($34.99).
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