The holiday of Purim begins at sunset on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 and ends at sundown on Thursday, March 1. It marks the Jewish people’s deliverance from a royal death decree around the fourth century BCE, as told in the Book of Esther.
There are four observations, also called mitzvah, observed on this day:
- Public reading of the Book Of Esther.
- Giving food gifts – called mishloach manot.
- Giving to the poor- charitable donations called matanot la’evyonim.
- Seudat Purim- festive meal that is usually served the afternoon of Purim.
A random sampling of Purim art by Jewish Art Salon members; click on the images to enlarge: