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PURIM (JEWISH FESTIVAL)

When is Purim (Jewish Festival) in 2023?

Purim (Jewish Festival) in 2023 is on the Monday, 6th of Mar (3/06/2023).

Purim (Jewish Festival) is on the 65th day of 2023. There are 300 days left in the year.

Purim (Jewish Festival) Facts

  • Date: Mar 06, 2023
  • Religious
  • Also Called:
  • Celebrations: Listening to the Book of Esther, Gift exchange, making donation to poor, Wearing interesting outfi
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Purim is a Jewish festival which is celebrated to commemorate the protection of Jewish people from Haman, according to Hebrew Bible- the Book of Esther. The day is celebrated on the 14th day of the month of Adar according to Jewish calendar. In Jerusalem, the festival is celebrated on the 15th day of Adar.

According to the Book of Esther, Haman, who was a confidante of King Ahasuerus, hatched a plan to terminate all the Jews the King's empire. However, his plans of exterminating the Jews from the empire were thwarted by Mordecai and Queen Esther, who was Mordicai's adopted daughter. Thus, the Jews achieved victory over their enemies and hence, the following day became a day to celebrate and rejoice.

Although the origins of Purim are with religious connotations, the celebrations of the festival are more nationalistic than of religious value. Thus, even though the day is a designated holiday for schools and government offices, businesses continue to function normally on this day.

One of the most important traditions of the day is hearing to the public reading of the Book of Esther. Historically, the public reading of the book was done on Purim only. After the recommendations of Rabbi Joshua in 3rd century BC, the Book of Esther began to be read on the day prior to Purim as well. That tradition continues till this day.

Another interesting part about the tradition is the obligation for women to read the book. In orthodox Jewish cultures, women are generally discouraged from reading the book. Owing to the participation of a woman, Queen Esther, in protecting the Jews, it is mandatory for women to read the Book of Esther on Purim.

Other than that, gifts are exchanged between family and friends. While different kinds of gifts are exchanged between friends and relatives, it is obligatory to exchange food gifts on this day. The probable reason behind this obligation is the fact that the day after the Jewish victory of Haman, people rejoiced and exchanged gifts, of which food was a major part.

People are also encouraged to make donations to the poor on this day. In fact, helping poor people on Purim is one of the four obligations as laid down by the Jewish religion. The fourth obligation is having a festive meal on the day, in order to rejoice the victory of Jews over their enemy.

While the obligations of the day date back to years ago, several modern traditions have emerged for Purim over time. An interesting Purim tradition is that of masquerading in interesting outfits. Some believe that the tradition originated somewhere in the 15th century when Italian Jews started emulating the European carnival. Others believe that this is done in order to emulate the fateful day, when God disguised Himself in order to protect the Jews from Haman.

Purim (Jewish Festival) Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Thu
  • Mar 08, 2012
  • Fri
  • Mar 09, 2012
  • Sun
  • Feb 24, 2013
  • Mon
  • Feb 25, 2013
  • Sat
  • Mar 15, 2014
  • Sun
  • Mar 16, 2014
  • Thu
  • Mar 05, 2015
  • Thu
  • Mar 24, 2016
  • Sun
  • Mar 12, 2017
  • Thu
  • Mar 01, 2018
  • Thu
  • Mar 21, 2019
  • Tue
  • Mar 10, 2020
  • Fri
  • Feb 26, 2021
  • Wed
  • Mar 16, 2022

List of Religious Holidays of Jewish in 2022

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SundaySunJan 16, 2022Jan 16Tu Bishvat
WednesdayWedMar 16, 2022Mar 16Purim
FridayFriMar 18, 2022Mar 18Shushan Purim
FridayFriApr 15, 2022Apr 15Passover - First Day
SaturdaySatApr 23, 2022Apr 23Passover - Final Day
WednesdayWedApr 27, 2022Apr 27Yom Hashoah
TuesdayTueMay 03, 2022May 03Yom HaZikaron
ThursdayThuMay 05, 2022May 05Yom HaAtzma'ut
SundaySunMay 15, 2022May 15Second Passover
ThursdayThuMay 19, 2022May 19Lag BaOmer
SaturdaySatMay 28, 2022May 28Yom Yerushalayim
SaturdaySatJun 04, 2022Jun 04Shavuot (1st day)
MondayMonJun 06, 2022Jun 06Shavuot
SundaySunJul 17, 2022Jul 17The 17th of Tammuz
SaturdaySatAug 06, 2022Aug 06Tish'a B'Av
SundaySunSep 25, 2022Sep 25Rosh HaShana Starts
TuesdayTueSep 27, 2022Sep 27Rosh HaShana Ends
WednesdayWedSep 28, 2022Sep 28Fast of Gedaliah
WednesdayWedOct 05, 2022Oct 05Yom Kippur
SundaySunOct 09, 2022Oct 09Sukkot Starts
SundaySunOct 16, 2022Oct 16Hoshanah Rabbah
SundaySunOct 16, 2022Oct 16Sukkot Ends
MondayMonOct 17, 2022Oct 17Shmini Atzeret
TuesdayTueOct 18, 2022Oct 18Simchat Torah
SundaySunDec 18, 2022Dec 18Hanukkah Starts
MondayMonDec 26, 2022Dec 26Hanukkah Ends