Purim Time: Jewish Traditions of Purim, Purim Masks, History and More
Purim, a Jewish celebration that occurs in March, is a great holiday for crafters! Kids love to dress up in costume for carnivals and the megillah reading. You can also try some great Purim recipes for the traditional holiday cookie, Hamantashen.
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What is the festival of Purim? What does Purim celebrate?
Purim is celebrated every year during the Hebrew month of Adar (which typically coincides with our month of March) and commemorates the deliverance of the Jews from Ancient Persia from Haman’s plot to destroy the Jewish people. During the Purim celebration, Jews read the Purim story of how Queen Esther managed to trick Haman and ultimately had him hanged and saved the Jews. To this day, Jews use Purim as a fun, festive celebration that represents the salvation of their people.
Jewish Traditions of Purim
Purim is not considered a religious holiday by most Jews. In celebrating Purim, there are many common Jewish traditions. These include reading the megillah (or the Purim story), dressing up in costumes and Purim masks, eating Hamantashen (fruit-filled triangle cookies) and singing songs. Some religious schools or synagogues host Purim carnivals for their students or younger members where kids can dress up, eat and play games. In honor of the Jewish traditions of Purim, we have included some of our favorite mask projects. While these were not designed specifically for Purim, they are fun projects to do with kids and make a great addition to any Purim costume.
Beaded Celebration Mask
Turn this Mardi Gras-themed mask into a the perfect glittering addition to your Purim costume. Use beads, tape and thread on a platstic mask and have this grand look in no time. You can customize the mask for any costume or ensemble.
Gold Celebration Mask
This dark painting technique looks great on this Purim mask. Design your own or follow this tutorial for a fun costume mask that would make a great add-on to any villain costume, like Haman.
Fun and Easy Full-Face Purim Masks
This project is easy and great for kids! Just take a store-bought plastic mask, grab some threads, beads, sequins and feathers and customize your mask to fit with your costume.
It's tradition to give gifts of food on Purim, so why not give a card too? This beautiful handmade Purim card features a group dancing and is crystal-embellished. It's makes a great touch to an already sweet holiday gift.
- Ruth’s Jewish Stamps
- Vertical Purim – 779
- Group Dancing – 445
- 3mm Crystalina® Peridot Crystals
- 3mm Turquoise Round Holographic
- 6mm Gold Heart Nailheads
- Kandi’s Professional Touch® HotFix Applicator
- Green, Blue and Stripe Cardstock
- Black and Gold ink pad
- Black and Gold embossing powder
1. Use green cardstock for the card.
2. Cut a strip of stripe paper as a left border.
3. Cut blue cardstock 3”x 3”.
4. Using Black dye ink, stamp Purim stamp onto stripe paper.
5. Using Black embossing powder, emboss Purim stamp.
6. Using Gold dye ink, stamp Group Dancing stamp onto blue cardstock.
7. Using Gold embossing powder, emboss Group Dancing stamp.
8. Using adhesive, place the stripe paper and blue paper on the green card.
9. Using Kandi’s Professional Touch hotfix Applicator Wand, apply embellishments.
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