Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About the Jewish Holiday of Purim
Feb 23 : 04 days till Purim
Did you know that in addition to being one of the most festive holidays, Purim is also one of the noisiest?
That’s because every time Haman’s name is mentioned during the reading of the megillah, worshippers are instructed to make as much noise as possible to drown out his name.
Traditionally this is accomplished with a noise-maker, known in Yiddish as a “gragger” or in Hebrew as a “ra’ashan”. Making graggers is a fun way to get children involved in the Purim spirit. Simply fill a container with dried beans or lentils and then decorate it. Now kids can shake their own gragger!
The most festive of Jewish holidays, Purim is a time of noisemakers, costumes and tasty treats. The Festival of Purim commemorates a major victory over oppression and is recounted in the Megillah, the scroll of the story of Esther. Purim begins at sundown on Saturday the 27th of February.
We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to Purim! So stop by again tomorrow.