The Jewish holiday of Purim is fun and festive. Both children and adults dress up in costume and attend a silly Purim service (or dis-service as my synagogue calls it) to listen to the megillah, the book of Esther. Whenever the name of the wicked, wicked Haman is mentioned during the story, Jews shake their groggers to drown out his name.
The reason for this is that it was Haman who wanted to kill all the Jews of Persia.
After the service, there is typically a Purim shpiel (play) that is the story of Esther adapted from a popular movie, Broadway play or movie. During the holiday, there are also Purim carnivals with games and lots of food, especially the traditional Purim cookie, Hamantaschen!
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Hamantaschen means “Haman’s ears” or “Haman’s hat”. The three cornered cookie is traditionally filled with poppy seeds or apricots, although modern versions have it filled with absolutely anything that will bake well in the middle. My daughters prefer chocolate chips and Hershey kisses inside their Hamantaschen, while my son loves apricot or blueberry preserves in his. It is always fun to bake hamantaschen with my kids.
The Story of Purim
The story of Purim takes place in ancient Persia in the city of Shushan. The King, Achashverosh, liked to play more than he liked to rule. He left a lot of the decision making to Haman, his right hand man.
Achashverosh was married to Vashti. One night, he summoned her to dance for his guests. She refused, something you did not do to the king!
After she was taken care of, Achashverosh needed a new queen.
Mordechai, who had once saved the king;s life, was raising his cousin, Esther. He encouraged her to go to the king and see if she might be the next Queen of Persia. The only thing he told her was to hide the fact that she was a Jew.
After Esther, who was young and beautiful, appeared before the king, she became his favorite and crowned queen.
Things were going well until Mordechai refused to bow down to Haman. Because of this insult, Haman convinced the king to have all of the Jews of Shushan hanged. Upon hearing this, Mordechai told Esther that she must tell the king of her true identity and save her people.
Although she knew that going to the king uninvited could mean death to her, she did so anyway. Upon revealing herself as a Jew to Achashverosh, he decided to hang Haman on the very gallows that he had built for the Jews.
Easy DIY Hamantachen Costume-Think Pizza!
What does a slice of pizza and a hamantachen have in common?
They are both triangular in shape!
This pizza costume tutorial is so easy that even a non-sewer like myself can do it. There is only one part that requires a simple running stitch across the top of the shoulders. You can measure your kids beforehand and order the fabric online at JoAnns and pick it up when you are ready. Don’t forget to use a JoAnn’s coupon to make this costume cost even less!
For the center of the hamantaschen, use felt and cut it in a large circle. Purple can be for fig, prune or grape jelly, red for raspberry, and brown can be used for chocolate. You can also order this online with your other items.
If you would like a three dimensional effect, then you can hot glue crumpled tissue paper in the center of the felt “filling” and make it pop some more.
Other Ways to Make a Hamantaschen Costume
Are you handy with a needle and thread? Are you a creative person? Are you an expert with a hot glue gun? If so, here are some ideas on how to make our own hamantaschen costume!
Step-by-step directions for those who do not like to wear a costume but still want to dress up in something!
At Kveller.com, there was a Purim costume contest for kids. The photographs submitted included many tiny tots dressed as hamantaschen. They look simple enough to copy, even for hot glue gun queens!
You can adapt the idea from the photo at the beginning of the blog post and make it your own.
Scroll down to the middle of the blog page and see this adorable costume.
It is easy to make your own Hamantaschen costume for Purim!
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