Activities to celebrate the Jewish festival, Purim - the Feast of Esther.
We are not Jewish but a Bible-believing Christian family - so why would we celebrate a Jewish festival?
Celebrating Purim as Believers
A friend, who is a Jewish believer, loves sharing with us the Jewish traditions with which she grew up as a Jew, but which we now celebrate together as believers in the Messiah.
According to our friend, Purim is celebrated with a party in fancy dress costumes. The Megillah, the scroll containing the biblical narrative of the Book of Esther, is read aloud to the children present.
You can read from the Bible or an abridged children's bible, depending on the ages of the children present.
The children have to listen carefully for the mention of the name of Haman. Whenever his name is uttered, the children must shout and make a noise using rattles, shakers and other noise-makers called 'groggers' to drown out the name of this evil Jew-hating man.Traditionally, a special confectionery known as Hamantaschen is eaten. Hamantaschen means 'Haman's ears' - perhaps because Haman wouldn't listen and obey?
For our party, we supplied the Hamantaschen and juice and asked our guests to bring some party snacks and treats too.
As believers, we not only learn about Esther and how she helped to deliver the Jewish nation, but also about the Messiah and God's plan for salvation for all peoples.
1. Make noise makers
2. Make fancy dress costumes
3. Make a mask
4. Make Hamantaschen - search for a recipe online
5. Purim colouring pages - go to http://www.jewishgames.com/
6. Make party invitations
The holiday of Purim falls on the Hebrew calendar date of Adar 14. Here are the coinciding secular dates for the upcoming years:2014: March 16
2015: March 5
2016: March 24
2017: March 12
The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night before. Thus holiday observances - such as the Megillah reading - begin the night before the dates listed above.
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