According to the Book of Esther, in the Hebrew Bible, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasverus planned to kill the Jews, but his plans were foiled by Mordecai and Queen Esther. The day of deliverance became a day of feasting and rejoicing.
Purim is celebrated by giving mutual gifts of food and drink (mishloach manot), giving charity to the poor (mattanot la-evyonim), a celebratory meal (se'udat Purim), and public recitation of the Scroll of Esther (keriat ha-megillah), additions to the prayers and the grace after meals (al hannisim). Other customs include
drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration.
Each year as the kids grow, fewer of them wish to dress up. This year it is only Yael who still wanted to go to school dressed for Purim. She got her outfit together by herself, so that was one worry less. In the past to get four kids dressed up together with their misloah manot (candy parcels to exchange at school) was a major task!
This was Yael in other years (lovvve that selfmade Harry Potter costume!)
and this is Yael Purim 2012! (with chopsticks in her hair :)
This is a freebie of last year for your Purim layouts!