This week at work is Purim. Well really Purim is March 11th and 12th this year. A week-long celebration of food and fun at my job. The children had a carnival and a Purim parade, and today there is a special Purim celebration for employees. If you wear a costume you get a prize.
Purim is one of the most interesting things I have come across at this job. For example, I had no idea it existed until this year. What is Purim? Well it is a Jewish holiday that “commemorates our nation’s miraculous salvation more than two millennia ago.”
I will hook you up with this link. Go learn about the Purim story if you want. Here is a short Megan version.
So the King had his Queen killed because she wasn’t following his rules. He then went on a search for a new Queen, found the girl named Esther. She was Jewish, but kept it on the down low. The King really liked her, however anti semitic Haman was appointed prime minister of the empire. He was not very favorable. Enter Mordecai, the leader of the Jews (and Esther’s cousin), he was not cool with Haman and decided he would not bow down to him. Haman did not like this and convinced the King to kill all the Jewish people.
Esther comes thru and tells the King, “Hey I am Jewish, and it’s not okay to kill all these people” Instead they hanged Haman, and his 10 sons, Mordecai became the PM and there was a celebration.
That’s Purim Megan style. I think it’s very interesting and I am super stoked to be learning all this new history and culture. Plus I love parades, and costumes, and triangles.
So there are these cookies called Hamantaschen. They are pocket cookies with fruit filling inside. I had about 12 too many at work yesterday. So freaking good. I am going to attempt to make them using this recipe .
So that’s Purim in a nutshell. Chag Purim Sameach! (That’s how you say “Happy Purim”)