Purim is the holiday when Jews (and many Christians) remember the story of Esther. Esther was an ordinary Jewish girl who became Queen of the Persian Empire. God placed Esther in the right place at the right time. When the evil Haman issued a plan for all the Jews in the Empire to be killed, Esther confronted the King and told him of Haman’s evil plan. The plan was reversed and instead of killing all the Jews, Esther’s people were honored.
Purim is a celebration of God’s providence and Esther’s courage. The holiday falls sometime around February or March every year. In 2012, Purim is on March 8-9. Some people call Purim the “Jewish Halloween” because it is traditional to dress up in costume, eat sweets, and put on fun plays. The main part of the holiday is reading the story of Esther together with a group of friends or family. Sound fun? Throw on a crown and get your Bible; you can host your own Purim party!
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