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PURIM (JEWISH FESTIVAL)

When is Purim (Jewish Festival) in 2022?

Purim (Jewish Festival) in 2022 is on the Wednesday, 16th of Mar (3/16/2022).

Purim (Jewish Festival) is on the 75th day of 2022. There are 290 days left in the year.

Purim (Jewish Festival) Facts

  • Date: Mar 16, 2022
  • 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

List of Religious Holidays of Jewish in 2021

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
ThursdayThuJan 28, 2021Jan 28Tu Bishvat
FridayFriFeb 26, 2021Feb 26Purim
SundaySunFeb 28, 2021Feb 28Shushan Purim
SundaySunMar 28, 2021Mar 28Passover - First Day
SundaySunApr 04, 2021Apr 04Passover - Final Day
ThursdayThuApr 08, 2021Apr 08Yom Hashoah
WednesdayWedApr 14, 2021Apr 14Yom HaZikaron
ThursdayThuApr 15, 2021Apr 15Yom HaAtzma'ut
MondayMonApr 26, 2021Apr 26Second Passover
FridayFriApr 30, 2021Apr 30Lag BaOmer
MondayMonMay 10, 2021May 10Yom Yerushalayim
MondayMonMay 17, 2021May 17Shavuot (1st day)
TuesdayTueMay 18, 2021May 18Shavuot
SundaySunJul 18, 2021Jul 18Tish'a B'Av
TuesdayTueSep 07, 2021Sep 07Rosh HaShana Starts
WednesdayWedSep 08, 2021Sep 08Rosh HaShana Ends
ThursdayThuSep 09, 2021Sep 09Fast of Gedaliah
ThursdayThuSep 16, 2021Sep 16Yom Kippur
TuesdayTueSep 21, 2021Sep 21Sukkot Starts
MondayMonSep 27, 2021Sep 27Sukkot Ends
TuesdayTueSep 28, 2021Sep 28Shmini Atzeret
WednesdayWedSep 29, 2021Sep 29Simchat Torah
MondayMonNov 29, 2021Nov 29Hanukkah Starts
MondayMonDec 06, 2021Dec 06Hanukkah Ends