This year, the Purim Festival will be celebrated on February 24. To those who are unaware, Purim is an event that celebrates the salvation of the Jews from Haman, through Queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai. The story of the Purim is found in the Book of Esther. The word Purim is a Jewish word meaning “lots” referring to the lottery that the main villain Haman used to choose the date for the massacre of the Jewish.
This is one of the most festive and important events in the Jewish calendar simply because of its significance to the Jewish people. So how is the event celebrated by the Jews in the United States? Here is a simple look at the celebration.
Singing The Le Kova Sheli
In English, Le Kova Sheli means My Hat It Has Three Corners. If you are looking for an action song to teach children, this is it because of its easy-to-follow hand movements. But there are other Purim songs that are available out there. You can make singing songs more fun if you will wear some customizable clothing while singing.
The Purim holiday is also associated with giving little gift bags with logo called Mishloach Manot. In the olden times, this practice was mandated by the rabbis to make the Jewish people get along better. Kids love decorating their gift bags as well as selecting the treats they will share.
The Purim Festival is also commemorated by eating hamantaschen or three-cornered cookies resembling Haman’s hat or ear. Although these customized snacks (See samples) are usually filled with poppy seeds or prune fillings, you can put some variety by adding chocolate chips or peanut butter.
The Purim Festival is also the perfect time to bring out those shot glasses in bulk as the event is usually celebrated by consuming alcoholic beverages. Drinking here means not getting to the point of becoming totally drunk but simply to allow others to smell what you have drunk. Some even use the term “drinking party” when consuming alcoholic beverages during the event.
So take pride in your Jewish tradition and use the best selling items in celebrating the Purim Festival.
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