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Why Everyone Should Celebrate Purim

Friday, March 18, 2011

You know how everyone pretends they're Irish on St. Patrick's Day and it's become practically an American holiday? And how about Cinco de Mayo? Mardi Gras?  What do these holidays have in common? All are holidays originally celebrated by a certain religion or culture but now are used as excuses to get drunk.

That is why I hereby recommend that Purim become an internationally observed holiday. It has qualities of all the best universal holidays out there! Check it out:

1. We dress up in costume. Sure, the reason for dressing up is to acknowledge the fact that God was disguised behind natural events in the Purim story, but dressing up is fun for everyone!

2. We give each other gifts!

3. We donate to the poor!

4. We eat a huge meal!

5. We get drunk!

Just a Jewish holiday? Pshaw! Everyone should celebrate Purim.

** Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction.