Stratford students and staff celebrate Purim by dressing up as Literary Heroes

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NEWS / 22 March 2019

This year Purim was celebrated on Thursday, 21st March. All students and staff were encouraged to dress up as their Literary Hero - there was great creativity to be spotted! The theme was decided between Student Council and the Library prefects. 

Purim, the "Festival of Lots", commemorates the events which took place in the Persian royal city of Susa, Shushan in Hebrew, during the reign of King Achashverosh (thought to be Artaxerxes).  The story is recounted in the Scroll of Esther.

To celebrate and commemorate this great event, all Jews, from that day to this, read the story twice [evening and morning] on the 14th of Adar, give charity, send gifts of food to friends and eat a festive meal. During the reading of the Scroll, it is customary to drown out Haman’s name with noise each time it is read to show that oppressors will never gain the upper hand.

For more photos see the 2018-2019 Web gallery.

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