Purim is a lively Jewish holiday that is full of costumes, pageants and traditional cookies called “hamantaschen.” It’s especially kid-friendly, and revolves around a central story that features an interfaith marriage. Since the dates of Purim are determined by the Hebrew calendar, it changes every year. This year, Purim 2023 starts at sundown Monday, March 6 and ends Tuesday night, March 7.
Purim is often compared to Halloween and Mardi Gras because there’s a lot of partying and many like to dress up for the holiday. If you want to greet someone on Purim, you can simply say, “Happy Purim” or “Chag Purim Sameach” in Hebrew
It’s called the Book of Esther or the Megillat (“Scroll of”) Esther. The Megillat is read twice over the holiday, once in the evening when Purim officially begins and once the following day.
Family, friends and synagogues often have a lot of fun when retelling this triumphant story of an unlikely heroine—in an interfaith marriage—and the downfall of an evil villain. Children dress up, actors put on a play of the tale and everyone sings along. Check out our Purim booklet to get all the important details on the Megillat, including who is who and how this story shines a light on interfaith marriages, feminism and the LGBTQ community.
There are so many ways to take part in this holiday; everyone will be able to find something that works for their schedules and practices. Here are some ideas below:
Here are the dates of Purim 2023-Purim 2025:
March 6, 2023-March 7, 2023
March 23, 2024-March 24, 2024
March 13, 2025-March 14, 2025