Purim is a great festival to celebrate the victory of the Jews, which saved them from the hands of the destroyer Haman in the ancient Persian Empire more than 2,500 years ago.
Celebrating the Jewish Purim
Purim is a Jewish day of joy, Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Adar. Purim begins on the evening of Thursday, February 25, and continues through Friday, February 26, (in Jerusalem the holiday is extended to Sunday).
This day was established to commemorate God’s deliverance of the Jews in the ancient Persian empire. At that time, the enemy of the Jews, Haman, was about to kill the Jews, so “…they sent letters by sentinels to the king’s provinces, saying that it was the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, destroy, slay, and perish all the people of Judah in that day, whether young or old, children or women, and plunder their possessions.” Esther 3:13.
According to the Bible, “people followed the word Pur, and called those days Purim.” Esther from “Pur, which means to cast lots, to destroy and destroy them.” Esther 9:24. In the literal sense of the ancient Persian word Purim, the word Purim means “to cast a lot” in the plural.
History of Purim
In the 4th century B.C.E., King Ahasuerus of the Persian empire ruled over 127 lands, including the Jewish nation. When King Ahasuerus executed Queen Vashti for disobeying his orders, he arranged a beauty contest to find a new queen. A Jewish girl named Esther was in love with the king and became the new Queen.
At that time, because Mordecai had defied the king’s orders and refused to bow to Haman, Haman hated the Jews who had just been appointed prime minister of the empire named Mordo- Crimson, leader of the Jews (and Esther’s cousin). Haman was furious and persuaded the King to issue a decree ordering the extermination of all Jews on the 13th day of Adar, a date chosen by a lottery that Haman made.
Faced with genocide, Mordecai called all Jews to repent, fast, and pray to God. Meanwhile, Esther asks the king and Haman to join her at the party. At a banquet later, Esther revealed to the king that she was a Jew and that her people were being killed by Haman. The king was angry so Haman was hanged, and Mordecai was appointed prime minister. Soon a new edict was issued, giving the Jews the right to defend themselves against their enemies.
On the 13th day of Adar, the Jews mobilized and killed many of their enemies. On the 14th day of Adar, they rest and celebrate. In the capital Shushan, it took them an extra day to finish the job.
Because of this, “Mordecai wrote these things down and sent letters to all the Jews who were in the provinces of King Ahasuerus, whether near or far, to make them annual keep the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar, for in that day and month the people of Judah were freed from their enemies and were at peace, and the pain turned to joy, and the sad day to the ceremony; and told them to establish a day of feasting and rejoicing, sending gifts to one another, and giving alms to the poor.” Esther 9:20-22 “Therefore, the people followed the word. Pur, and call those days Purim.” Esther 9:26.
According to Jewish custom, on the 14th day of Adar, Jews will simultaneously celebrate Purim. There is a special thing that in the Jewish leap years, the Jews have two months called Adar, Adar I, and Adar II. If aimed at that year then Purim is celebrated on the second Adar, but the 14th Adar I is still a happy day, called Purim Katan.
Jews have a festival as vibrant as Brazil
In the middle of March, Jews all over the world jubilantly celebrated the Purim festival.
Purim is a Jewish Jewish holiday to commemorate God’s redemption for the Jewish people living in Persia from the genocide planned by Haman. The festival is widely celebrated, but unlike other Jewish festivals, public facilities and services are not closed and are still operating normally.
Purim is a great Jewish festival to celebrate the victory of the Jews, which saved them from the hands of a destroyer named Haman in the ancient Persian Empire more than 2,500 years ago.
Later, people took national liberation day to become a party day, everyone danced to celebrate the victory. Coming to this festival, attendees will dress up in extremely elaborate and colorful costumes. In particular, all will wear masks, and parade around the street. Everyone will form groups of both children and adults to dance together.
Activities during this festival include: Reading the Hebrew Bible Book of Esther in the synagogue; donating food and drinks; giving lucky money to raise funds to contribute to the community and the poor; wearing disguises; eating, drinking, and partying.
Purim on March 6 is an opportunity to remember the salvation and protection of Jesus for us. Hopefully, this article of Mazeshirt will help you better understand the meaning and history of this holiday. Follow us now for more interesting information.