2 young girls in costume enjoying popcorn while celebrating Purim The joyous Jewish holiday, Purim is a time for boisterous celebration akin to Mardi Gras

Purim Holiday — A Celebration of Bravery & Deliverance from Destruction

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. During the Purim holiday celebration, Jews participate in a boisterous public reading of the biblical book of Esther, as well as delivering baskets of food and drink to friends, eating hat-shaped cookies, performing plays and parodies, and dressing up in costume.

Though the revelry is often compared to our American Halloween or Mardi Gras, the inspiration for this early spring Purim Jewish holiday (held the 14th day of the month of Adar on the Jewish calendar) is actually quite serious: a time of grave danger for the Jewish people, and an inspiring Jewish woman—Esther—who displayed great faith and courage to save them.

The Story of Purim

President and CEO Yael Eckstein tells the story of Purim, the commandments, and how Jews celebrate this joyous holiday.

Purim Overview


Read this overview of Purim, the joyous celebration of the heroine Esther, and how she bravely saved her people from Haman's evil plot to destroy all the Jews.
The Life of Esther, a Bible Study by IFCJ

The Life of Esther

Learn more about Esther, the heroine of the Purim story, whose courageous stand against persecution saved the lives of the Jewish people with this complimentary Bible study.
Let’s Make Hamantaschen for Purim!

Let's Make Hamantaschen for Purim!

On Purim, it is traditional to eat foods that have "hidden" ingredients to symbolize the hidden miracles that God performed on behalf of His people. A favorite Purim treat are Hamantaschen cookies named after the villain of the story, Haman. Try this delicious recipe for Purim with your family!
Yael joyously celebrates Purim with two colorful party goers

Purim Quiz

Purim is the most joyous celebration on the Jewish calendar. Find out how much you know about this holiday inspired by biblical events by taking our quiz.

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