Purim Traditions: What You Need to Know (a Cheat Sheet)

Just like every Jewish holiday, Purim is full of its own customs. What are these Purim traditions and why do they exist? We’re here to help you with the basics, from classic ways to celebrate to important themes.

Some of the most common Purim traditions include: Telling the Purim story, baking hamantaschen (traditional Purim cookies) and dressing up in a fun costume. If you’re looking for Purim recipes, we’ve got plenty. And if you want to plan ahead for this holiday, check out our Purim calendar and find out when it falls in the upcoming years.

This special holiday is especially kid-friendly, as it encourages costume parties and performing. It also provides an opportunity to discuss important themes such as identity and interfaith marriage, since both factor strongly in the story. It’s the perfect time to get creative and tell the Purim story in a way that best fits your family.

Learn all about it and more with this Purim cheat sheet below!

Often compared to Halloween (but without the spookiness), Purim is known for being a lively holiday when people can dress up and be whoever they want to be. Many Jewish communities around the U.S. and in Israel throw all-day celebrations in the street, with lots of drinking and eating involved.

If you’re looking to host your own Purim party, or are wondering how to celebrate the holiday from your living room, make sure you get yourself some groggers (noisemakers). Groggers are a pretty important Purim tradition that your can make with items from around the house! You should also think about putting together mishloach manot¬†packages, small gifts of food that include hamantaschen and more.

There you have it, a little Purim traditions 101. Still looking for more? This Purim guide goes into depth on this rowdy holiday.


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