Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar. On Purim, Jews all over the world exchange gifts (mishloach manot), get involved in charitable activities (mattanot la-evyonim), have a special meal (se’udat Purim), read the megillah of the Scroll of Esther (kriat ha-megillah) and do daily prayers and blessing of meals (Al HaNissim).
In Or Avner-Green Kindergarten and School we celebrate Purim at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Adar. We introduce the children to the topic of happiness, we talk about things that make them happy and things that make other people happy, we create colorful and joyful art and crafts and we learn happy songs. Children learn about the story of Purim, make their own Purim book, their own puppet show or role play, they learn about different traditions and make “mishloach manot” which later on they give each other.
The week before Purim is a special week and each day is celebrated in a different way: dots and stripes day, hat day or animal day. On the day of Purim we have a big party, children and staff have a costume parade, lots of fun activities and games. On Purim, children listen to the Megillah Esther and have a special meal together.