“So they called these days Purim, after the name Pur. Therefore, because of all the words of this letter, what they had seen concerning this matter, and what had happened to them, the Jews established and imposed it upon themselves and their descendants and all who would join them, that without fail they should celebrate these two days every year, according to the written instructions and according to the prescribed time, that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city, that these days of Purim should not fail to be observed among the Jews, and that the memory of them should not perish among their descendants.” (Ester 9:26-28)
The story of Purim is told in the book of Esther. After Queen Esther saved her people, the Jews, from persecution, a big celebration was in order. Mordecai, Esther’s cousin and a prominent figure in the kingdom, sent letters to all the Jews telling them to celebrate “with gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to one another” (Ester 9:19).
The Feast of Purim is not one of the Lord’s appointed times. But it is something that is very important to remember.
Over the years, many have tried to destroy the Jews. Haman, in the book of Ester, is just one of the many.
The Lord saved His chosen people with one young woman who was brave enough to give her full trust to Him. The Jews were in mourning and sorrow, but now they could rejoice in the Lord’s goodness. The people now had “rest from their enemies, as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them, and from mourning to a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and joy, of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor” (Ester 9:22).
As with all holidays and special occasions, there are many traditions for Purim. But let’s not forget the real reason we celebrate and rejoice on this great day.
What is your favorite part about Purim? How do you celebrate this feast?