From February 25-26 all over the world Jeshuaists and Jews shall come together to commemorate the victory of the Jews in Persia over their arch-enemy Haman (told in Megillat Estêr or the book Esther).
After the minor festival Tu BiShvat (Tu BiShvat or Tu B’Shevat or Tu B’Shvat ) or New Year for Trees on 15 Sh’vat, and after 13 Adar, Ta’anit Ester or Fast of Esther, the Jewish fast from dawn until dusk on Purim eve, brings the Judaic people from commemorating the three-day fast observed by the Jewish people in the story of Purim, to the victory over those who want to destroy the Jewish people.
More than once in history we can find a deliverance of the Jewish people, giving us reason to thank our Divine Creator for His protection.
On the sunset of Thursday, the 25th of February the Purim holiday brings us to Shushan Purim on Friday, the 26th of February (14 Adar) and will continue for 2 days until Saturday, the 27th of February.
Purim not being a public holiday has the Jewish people working in non-Jewish businesses doing work as normal. Businesses have normal opening hours, but at night all fun might start or might bring Jews and Jeshuaists going to houses where they know, there are living people in need. Many Jewish and Jeshuaist people give to the needy around this time of the year. Food baskets or food gifts are also given away.
It is a time for people to celebrate and be merry. So some Jewish schools hold celebrations to remember the past and their heritage. Other groups or organizations hold Purim carnivals filled with activities, costumes, food and games. Special prayers, particularly the Al HaNissim prayer are also included in evening, morning and afternoon prayers.
Purim is a relatively minor festival and some activities that are not allowed on many Jewish holidays may be permitted on Purim, which makes that you might find dressed children coming along the doors, like the Catholics do on the 1st and 6th of January or hold a carnival parade before Lent and many others around Halloween.
God isn’t mentioned once in the story. Instead, it’s a tale of political manoeuvring, personal activism, and communal bravery against an anti-Semitic plot.
The sages teach God’s presence hides beneath the surface in all of the acts of bravery.
Chag Purim Sameach