• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

Purim FAQs: When is Purim

Purim is an annual event that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people who were living in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot to annihilate all the Jews in a single day. Purim is one of the most festive Jewish holidays of the year.

Following a fast, the celebration includes four parts:

  • Listening to a reading of the Book of Esther or Megillah.

  • Enjoying good food and drink.

  • Sending gifts of food to at least one friend.

  • Giving to those less fortunate.

Special prayers, masquerades and satirical performances are also part of the Purim holiday. This festive Jewish holiday is celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adair. The annual holiday falls on a different day of the year, beginning at sunset of the first day listed below.

When is Purim?

  • March 11-12, 2017

  • Feb. 28 - March 1, 2018