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PURIM (JEWISH FESTIVAL)

When is Purim (Jewish Festival) in 2018?

Purim (Jewish Festival) in 2018 is on the Thursday, 1st of Mar (3/01/2018).

Purim (Jewish Festival) is on the 60nd day of 2018. There are 305 days left in the year.

Purim (Jewish Festival) Facts

  • Date: Mar 01, 2018
  • 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

List of Religious Holidays of Jewish in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
WednesdayWedJan 31, 2018Jan 31Tu Bishvat
ThursdayThuMar 01, 2018Mar 01Purim
FridayFriMar 02, 2018Mar 02Shushan Purim
SaturdaySatMar 31, 2018Mar 31Passover - First Day
MondayMonApr 02, 2018Apr 02Passover - Second Day
FridayFriApr 06, 2018Apr 06Passover - Final Day
ThursdayThuApr 12, 2018Apr 12Yom Hashoah
WednesdayWedApr 18, 2018Apr 18Yom HaZikaron
ThursdayThuApr 19, 2018Apr 19Yom HaAtzma'ut
ThursdayThuMay 03, 2018May 03Lag BaOmer
SundaySunMay 13, 2018May 13Yom Yerushalayim
SundaySunMay 20, 2018May 20Shavuot (1st day)
MondayMonMay 21, 2018May 21Shavuot
SundaySunJul 22, 2018Jul 22Tisha B'Av
MondayMonSep 10, 2018Sep 10Rosh HaShanah Starts
TuesdayTueSep 11, 2018Sep 11Rosh HaShanah Ends
WednesdayWedSep 12, 2018Sep 12Fast of Gedaliah
WednesdayWedSep 19, 2018Sep 19Yom Kippur
MondayMonSep 24, 2018Sep 24Sukkot Starts
SundaySunSep 30, 2018Sep 30Sukkot Ends
MondayMonOct 01, 2018Oct 01Shemini Atzeret
TuesdayTueOct 02, 2018Oct 02Simhat Torah
MondayMonDec 03, 2018Dec 03Hanukkah Starts
MondayMonDec 10, 2018Dec 10Hanukkah Ends