About the Festival of Purim
How to Celebrate Purim
We commemorate these fasts every year by fasting on the day before Purim, a fast which is called Ta’anit Esther (the Fast of Esther ). If Purim falls on a Sunday, the fast is observed on the Thursday beforehand. Fasting is simple. If you are healthy and over the age of bar or bat mitzvah , don’t eat or drink from Wednesday the 25th at sundown until the next day Thursday at sundown.
Some people fast for three days as it is written in book of Esther. You can ask The Holy Spirit (Ruah HaKodesh) prayerfully to guide you in this matter.
Before reading the book of Esther , the reader should recite the following three blessings:
1. Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olom A-sher Ki-de-sho-nu Be-mitz-vo-sov Ve-tzi-vo-nu Al Mikra Megillah.
2 . Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olom She-o-so Ni-sim La-avo-sei-nu Ba-yo-mim Ho-heim Bi-z’man Ha-zeh
3 . Bo-ruch A-toh Ado-noi E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olom She-heche-yo-nu Ve-ki-yi-mo-nu Ve-higi-o-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh.
– Dress up: This step is purely optional but is a widely-observed and accepted custom of the holiday. Most children, teenagers, and even some adults put on costumes to increase the celebration of the day.
– Prepare or partake in a festive meal: As it is a joyous occasion, plenty of different dishes (ideally of meat) and grape juice or wine is usually served. The meal should begin in the afternoon on Friday and be completed by nightfall.
The primary Festive Purim Meal is eaten in the late afternoon on Purim, after Minchah (the afternoon prayer). One must eat bread (the washing of hands ritual) at least one cooked food, and drink at least one cup of grape juice or wine. We call this the Purim Seudah.
Happy Purim (Feast of Esther)