Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Purim 2009

Before I begin this blog post, if you are reading this from LWC, you may be interested in reading an interview with Sam Prince at www.mamaknowsbest.net !!

Okay, now for this post on Purim 2009!

Well, we went from the last post being a Japanese gathering, to this post celebrating a biblical feast! Purim is the celebration of the salvation of the people of God as recorded in the book of Esther. If you have never read the story, you can read it here.

Traditionally, it is celebrated by dressing as the characters in the story and gathering together to have a feast!

Dominique, as Queen Esther:

Israel, as one of the king's soldiers who carried the message throughout Shushan:

Joshua, as Mordecai:

I was one of the candidates, who didn't get chosen as queen. :)
Fabio was Haman!
Johann was a baby in Shushan. :)

At the feast, the story from the book of Esther is read, and whenever the name "Mordecai" is said, everyone cheers and makes noise with all sorts of noise makers.
Then when the name "Haman" is said, everyone boos and makes noise with the noise makers to drown out his name.

The kids LOVE it - I mean, what child doesn't love permission to make lots of noise??

And then we ate. :) This was our first year to celebrate Purim, and we were so excited about it! What a great, hands-on, visual way to teach the Bible! :)


MOM said...

What a neat idea! I'm sure the children will remember it better than if you would have just read the story of Esther out of the Bible.
Good pictures, too!
And cool video!

Bipin Sen said...

That's a pretty cool idea! Looks like a lot of fun too!

MamaMahnken said...

How fun! I was just telling DH we need to start celebrating Purim. What a great way to make memories with your kids :)

Anonymous said...

DEar Gril,

You are so inventive and in tune with parenting, I am thankful for you kids doiing such a great job with my grandkids. Keep up the introduction to the cultures of the world as well.

Love you