Everything you need to know about Purim 2015.
When does Purim 2015 start?
Purim 2015 begins at sunset on Wednesday, March 4, and ends on Thursday evening, March 5.
The Background of Purim
of the joyous holiday of Purim might appear somber at first glance: It tells of the near-destruction of the Jewish people as decreed by Haman
, an advisor to the Persian King Ahashuerus.
However, Ahashuerus' newly crowned queen, Esther--who replaced Vashti when she was thrown out of the kingdom--is secretly a Jew.
Due to her courage and her eventual role in saving the Jews, the story of Purim is known as "Megillat Esther," or the Scroll of Esther
What to Do on Purim
There are four common practices on Purim:
* We give gifts
to poor people.
* We read the megillah
, the Purim story.
* We eat a festive meal, or seudah
Other Purim Activities
Many people dress up in costume
, following the theme of Purim as a holiday of disguise where nothing is quite as it seems.
Synagogues and communities hold plays and festivals
specifically for the day. Traditionally, a noisemaker or grogger is sounded when Haman's name is said aloud during the megillah reading; today some people have instituted a new practice of waving a celebratory flag
when Esther's name is recited.
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