Tomorrow, depending on where you live, you may see a lot of people dressed-up,
singing, dancing, and giving out packages to friends and to the poor. The reason being is because tomorrow is when the holiday of Purim falls out this year.
Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the Jews being saved from a huge pogrom. I’m not going to go through the whole story of Purim now but it’s a great story! If your interested, you can watch a short animated version below, or click here. 🙂
So you may be wondering, what’s the connection between dressing up and being saved from a huge pogrom?? Well, it’s a valid question! This holiday is one where there was not any opened miracles. Unlike Hannukah or Passover, Purim is a holiday of hidden miracles.
Everything that occurred in the story of Purim seemed to be a natural event. For example, when King Achashveirosh’s queen, Vashti, refused to come to his party, he had her killed. Since he needed a new queen, he held a “beauty contest” and Esther “conveniently” was chosen. There were many other factors that came together but had Esther not been the queen, she wouldn’t have been able to stop Haman’s evil plan. And that is just one example!
Going back to why there are costumes. Well, since God was hidden throughout the entire series of events, costumes are an allusion to the Purim miracle. The details of the story were all disguised within natural events. Therefore, we remind ourselves of this through the act of dressing up and hiding our true selves.
In addition to this, when we read the story of Purim, (The Book of Esther) God’s name is not mentioned at all. The message from this is that God is always here even when He doesn’t seem to be. 🙂
To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles. –Mary Davis