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Purim Fun (aka March Madness)

March 20, 2011

Today brought the Jewish holiday of Purim — a kid-friendly religious holiday filled with Hamentashen cookies, dress-up, noisemakers and parties. The activities surrounding Purim are not unlike Halloween with costumes and carnival fare.

We had much Purim fun this weekend since Sophie’s preschool went all out celebrating. Sophie was so cute as she’d tell me the Purim story, and how her class had fun making crowns, groggers (noise makers), masks, and Hamentashen. Friday was the big dress-up day at school, complete with a parade, mini carnival, and a Mishloach Manot (Purim basket) exchange.

Sophie (dressed as Ladybug Girl) and her friend, King Haman…

Sophie and her teachers…



More groggers…

Me, Bryan and Sophie. Sophie’s decked out for Purim while Bryan and I are showing our SDSU Aztec Pride (Sweet 16, here we come!) …

The temple and preschool hosted its annual Purim Carnival today, where Sophie dressed as a princess and enjoyed getting a hand tattoo.

Face painting…

Princess Sophie and colorful balloons…

Entrance to the jumpie…

Me and Sophie (who is looking wearily at the jumpie)…

Bryan and the Princess…

As I finished my jumpie volunteer patrol, Sophie and Bryan enjoyed some quiet time on the playground. Like Bryan and I, Sophie is not that fond of crowds, loud noises and chaos. (Aren’t we fun?!) She tends to get overwhelmed at big birthday parties and jumpie emporiums. So needless to say, this was Sophie’s favorite part of the day…

Hanging from the monkey bars…

Daddy – Daughter Bonding…

Queen Sophie with her crown, mask and grogger…

Sorry there are no pictures of Hamentashen. Needless to say, they didn’t last long enough for photographs. Happy Purim!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2011 11:13 pm

    OH! This brings back memories! Since I have no kids yet, I haven’t partaked in Purim since I was a kid. My favorite part was the groggers. LOL! I don’t know why. And my parents always dressed me up as Princess Esther. Thanks for sharing these photos, Leah. It brought a smile to my face, along with some nostalgia. 🙂

    • leahsinger permalink
      March 20, 2011 11:23 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it. This is the first year I’ve really celebrated Purim, because of Sophie. It’s fun to relive it all through her eyes. You’re in for a treat.

  2. March 21, 2011 3:40 am

    Your daughter is adorable! My daughter was like that, too (as are we), enjoying the quiet time on the playground with Dad. Your pics bring back great memories–those days are magical!

  3. March 21, 2011 4:48 am

    Sweet pictures. Sophie is a doll.

  4. March 21, 2011 10:01 am

    Wow. I want to be a kid all over again. Thanks for sharing this religious tradition and what fun it appears to be. The photos are gorgeous as always, and agree with VV that Sophie is a complete doll.

  5. March 21, 2011 10:52 am

    I LOVE the one of her and the balloons….I think that is a framer! 😉 Soooo colorful! Looks like you had a great weekend celebrating! Here’s to a hopefully as {fun} week! XOXO

  6. March 21, 2011 10:53 am

    These pictures are so precious. The daddy/daughter ones must melt your heart. I love the bright balloon pic with the princess. And the little man with the mustache… FUH-GET about it. Too cute!!

    • leahsinger permalink
      March 23, 2011 9:00 pm

      Thanks, Leah! Yes, I do like the daddy daughter moments. They’re very special. You’ll soon see!

  7. March 21, 2011 11:35 am

    Great pics! I have such fond memories of the Purim carnival growing up. I can remember all the games like it was yesterday. My sister was telling me about the ones now (taking my niece and nephew) — quite different!

    • leahsinger permalink
      March 23, 2011 9:01 pm

      The Purim carnivals of today are quite different from those of yester-year, I can tell you that. The jumpies alone are insane.

  8. March 21, 2011 6:17 pm

    It looks like you guys and especially Sophie had lots and lots of fun!

  9. Colette permalink
    March 22, 2011 7:51 am

    Great pictures! I love your family pic; you look great, Leah! Isn’t that preschool wonderful?

    • leahsinger permalink
      March 23, 2011 9:01 pm

      We LOVE that school! Thanks for reading.

  10. March 5, 2012 8:10 am

    That King H was one evil dude who thoroughly deserved what he got. And what a heroine Esther was! Awesome that’s still celebrated. We’d be with you guys, not big on noise and crowds, though a little would be great. Miss Ladybug was so nice to be the evil king’s friend, LOL. It does my heart good to see cultural/ religious history, rituals kept alive for the next generation. Politically correct or not.

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