İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-The two-day holiday of Purim was celebrated, starting from Saturday morning to Sundayevening, in the weekend. Regarding Israeli Minister of National Security, Avigdor Lieberman’s decree, police closed all entrances to Both West Bank and Palestine for celebrations.
Jews all over the World weared costumes and fulfilled several practices of Purim such as ; giving gifts to poor people, reading the megillah, Purim’s story, from the Holly book, eating festive meal of seudah, hamantaschen, special triangle shaped cookies and giving food gifts called mishloah manot to each other.
The story of Purim backed to the Persiantimes. It commemorates Jews survival from death as Jews in Persia were about to be destructed as Haman, an adviser to the Persian King Ahashuerus, decreed to do so. However, the plan was prevented by the King Ahashuerus‘scousin and adopted daughter Esther, who was a secret Jew. Purim is celebrated annually according to the Hebrew calendar on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar.