Purim is one of the most fun celebrations of the Jewish culture. It is a wonderful time for having parties, wearing costumes, enjoying elaborate meals, noisemakers, and above all else, giving gifts. In fact, Purim is, in the Jewish culture, the biggest gift-giving holiday of the entire year. And what could be more thoughtful than to give a basket full of kosher gifts to your recipients?
For those unfamiliar with the holiday, let me give you a little background. Purim is celebrated each year in the late winter or early spring on the 14th of Adar, a Hebrew month. This holiday commemorates the Jewish people being saved from Haman’s plot in ancient Persia. Haman wanted to kill all Jews in a single day, as recorded in the book of Esther.
Esther found favor with the King and help to save her people. In fact, on the 13th of Adar, the Jews came together and killed their enemies. They took a day to rest and celebrate on the 14th, hence the day of the celebration today.
Customarily, children dress up on this day. People are encouraged to make sure everyone has what they need for festivities, hence the reason the baskets became popular. On the site, we will discuss Purim and many of the festivities surrounding it.