Celebrating Purim

Purim, this year on February 26, is such a fun holiday to celebrate with your family. I think one of the reasons we love to reread the story of Esther is that it is such a great revenge story. There’s nothing better than the bad guy getting what’s coming to him! Kids especially seem to enjoy the sense of fairness and really get into the spirit of booing evil Haman whenever his name is mentioned in the story.

The feast of Purim is observed in the spring to remember the heroic story of Queen Esther, who risked her life to save the Jewish nation. A young woman enslaved in the King’s harem, Esther earned his favor by her purity and beauty and was made his queen, which positioned her at just the right time to save her people from the evil plans of Haman, who wished to exterminate the whole race.

As you read the story again this year, note the parallels with the story of our redemption by Jesus (pure and humble) against the wiles of the enemy (Hasatan). It’s also a great reminder for us to be emboldened in our faith and stand firm as we were created “for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)

Here are some ways you can celebrate with us:

• Find or make crowns — the fancier the better! — so that all the little girls can be Esther, the beautiful heroine. I bought these and they are beautiful (not affiliated).
• Find or make “groggers” (noisemakers). Check out our Pinterest for ideas! I have these (affiliated):

Make hamantaschen!
• Wear costumes
• Read the story of Esther aloud, making lots of noise when Haman’s name is mentioned!

Let us know in the comments how you celebrate! Happy Purim!