Purim objects

Purim is a Jewish Halloween, a Jewish Mardi Gras and a secular New Year rolled into one. And it is not just a holiday for children who know immediately that anything with a costume will be fun. All Jews are commanded to be silly and celebrate the ancient victory against their adversaries by giving gifts of food to friends and to the poor.

Purim comes in the late winter or early spring. Jews have celebrated by dressing up as both the heroes and villains of the Purim story, as they chase away their winter doldrums and acknowledge that Purim brings springtime.

The upcoming dates for Purim are:

    • Starts the evening of March 20, 2019; March 9, 2020; and Feb. 26, 2021.

BookletPurim Booklet

Purim: Take a look at Purim, a downloadable, print-ready booklet explaining the holiday, its customs and traditions.

The Big issuesGold crown

The Purim story highlights interfaith marriage—Esther, who marries someone who is not Jewish, is a hero!

Further Reading and Additional Resources

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