When is Purim?

Purim is celebrated annually on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar. [Jerusalem and all ancient walled cities celebrate Purim on the 15th of Adar].

During leap years, an extra month — Adar II — is added, and Purim takes place on the 14th of Adar II. Leap years occur every few years in the Hebrew calendar.

This year, 2024, Purim begins on the evening of Saturday, March 23, 2024, and will continue until the following evening, Sunday, March 24, 2024. (Fortunately, Purim falls on a weekend this year, which is when celebrations around Purim are typically held in the United States anyway).

Please note that the Hebrew calendar differs from the secular Gregorian calendar, which is why Purim’s date varies annually.

Purim is regarded as one of the most enjoyable, cheerful, and jubilant holidays on the Jewish calendar. The event celebrates the saving of Jewish people living in ancient Persia.

Purim is based on Four (4) Commandments:

  1. Megillah: Hearing the Purim story.
  2. Mishloach manot: Sending gifts of food and drink.
  3. Matanot le-evyonim: Giving to the needy.
  4. Se’udat Purim: A festive meal.

In addition, Purim festivities commonly feature a triangular-filled pastry known as hamantaschen, or oznei haman in Hebrew. The triangular shape represents Haman’s hat, and consuming it signifies erasing his memory.

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