Private: Fifth Annual Purim Mask Invitational

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Elementary, middle and high school students participated in the Fifth Annual Purim Mask Invitational by creating wearable masks recognizing Purim, a joyful holiday occurring on March 20, 2011 (Jewish Year 5771). The most popular way to celebrate Purim is to dress up in costumes and celebrate Queen Esther’s success in saving her people, the Jews of Persia. The masking tradition comes from the fact that Esther concealed her Jewish origins. On Purim, it is a mitzvah (commandment) to hear Megillat Esther (The Book of Esther)–which is referred to simply as the Megillah (scroll)–read aloud. The Megillah tells the Story of Purim, a tale of a princess, a villain, and a hero. The main theme of this story is that things didn’t turn out as they seemed they would, so it has become custom to dress up and mask one’s identity during the Purim feast.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]