Purim Customs

Purim is a Jewish holiday that is typically celebrated in March on the 14th day of Adar. The day before represents the day the Jews were supposed to be exterminated by Haman. It also represents the day the Jews fought their enemies and one back their lives. The following day, on the 14th, their survival is celebrated. Some of the cities were walled during this time, so they were not completely delivered from the massacre until the following day. Because of this, some places celebrate Purim on the 15th, a day called Shushan Purim.

In the years were there are two months of Adar, such as sleep years, the second month is when Purim is celebrated. This ensures that Purim is always a month before Passover. When there is a leap year, the 14th day of Adar is considered a minor holiday and celebrated as Purim Katan, meaning little Purim. On that day, there are no specific observances, but the person should not mourn or fast and should celebrate a holiday. Some communities choose to celebrate their deliverance from any day they were saved from oppression, evil, destruction, or a catastrophe and observe it as a Purim Katan.

The word “Purim” relates to payments lottery he used to decide on the day for massacring the Jews, and means “lots.”

 

Before the day of Purim, use our two have a minor fast the represents Esther’s fast. Esther fasted for three days before meeting with the King to prepare herself.

As we read the book of Esther, the commandments relating to Purim are red. The book of Esther is also known as a scroll or as the Megillah. During Jewish services, it is customary to rattle noisemakers, stamp feet, his, and do at any point in the service when Haman is mentioned. This is thought to help blot his name out of the book.