Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Purim is almost here!

Purim, a super fun Jewish Holiday takes place Wednesday night and Thursday. The holiday itself is commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman, who was planning to kill all the Jews in ancient Persia.  We read a text called the Megilah (the scroll of Esther).  Fun fact: if you have ever heard the phrase "the whole megillah,"  it come from this.  You get to shout out anytime the bad guy's name is said and eat cookies shaped like his triangular hat--this year I filled mine with candy bars!

The TRADITIONS are my favorite--a night of costumes, masquerading, revelry, feasting, plays (shpiels), and the giving of both charitable donations and gift baskets.  Seriously, this holiday has something for everyone!  Think of it as Jewish Halloween, Mardi Gras, and May Day all in one! 

In particular, I love the tradition of mishloach manot or Purim baskets.  They are gifts of food or drink that are sent to family, friends and others.  This derives from the Book of Esther. It is meant to ensure that everyone has enough food for the Purim feast, and to increase love and friendship among Jews and their neighbors.  You have to include at least two different types of food and anything else you like. No shocker, we always have a theme!  This year we went with gardening.... You can see I started with adorable burlap planters filled with seeds, a shovel and gardening gloves. Here they are in the chaos of our art-project staging room:

Next, I added sunflower seeds and the  hamantaschen cookies. 

Then this sweet girl set to work affixing a note with the most precious tassel:

Here are some other shots of the baskets (just from my phone--whomp, whomp):


Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

I was seriously going to try to make hamentashen this year -- oh, well, never got to it. Chag Purim Sameach!

Our Life at 31-derful! said...

Amy, I am afraid mine weren't great. I used the Toi Avery non-dairy recipe that everyone raves about, but they were still a little dry and crumbly. My friend Julie always uses a roll of sugar cookie dough and hers are the best--go figure!