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Purim is a significant observance in Judaism that commemorates the account of the biblical Book of Esther. This particular observance emphasises themes of deliverance and joy as it marks the salvation of the Jewish people from a planned extermination during the ancient Persian Empire. Central aspects to the observance include the reading of the Book of Esther, the sharing of food gifts known as mishloach manot, partaking of a feast (se'udah), giving charity to the less fortunate (matanot la'evyonim), and expressive merriment.
Historically, Purim's narrative traces back to the reign of King Ahasuerus of Persia and involves pivotal figures such as Queen Esther, her uncle Mordecai, and the villainous Haman. For the Jewish community in the United Kingdom, Purim holds a profound resonance as it symbolises the enduring resilience and survival of their cultural identity despite adversities. During a time when antisemitism was rampant, the history of Purim served as a reminder of the Jewish people's capacity to persist and thrive against tumultuous odds.
In the United Kingdom, Purim is observed with the same traditional customs practiced worldwide by Jewish communities. The scroll of Esther, the Megillah, is read in synagogues while attendees shake noise-makers called graggers to drown out the name of Haman whenever it's mentioned. It is also common for individuals, particularly children, to dress in costumes aligned with the figures from the Book of Esther, attending feasts and exchanging care packages (mishloach manot). Purim normally takes place in late February or early March, depending on the Hebrew calendar. It begins at sundown on the 13th day of Adar and concludes at nightfall on the 14th, offering a day filled with joyous celebration.
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Purim references and related siteswww.jewfaq.org: Purim Cantor Matt Axelrod: Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays: From Shofar to Seder, Jason Aronson Inc., 2013