There is no moon to be seen in the sky these nights. We are at a new moon, which means a new month in the Jewish calendar. And this is not just any month, – it is the month of Adar! And as the popular song goes: Mi She Nichnas Adar, Marbim be Simcha! – When Adar begins, our joy increases!
What are we so joyful about in Adar? Most of it is probably linked to the holiday that is celebrated in the middle of Adar, – Purim, where we celebrate that the evil Haman did not succeed in carrying out his plan to kill our people. It is all written in the book of Esther, for those who need to be reminded of the details, it sure is quite a story!
The excitement in the house was great when we brought our “Purim-box” out of the storage-rooom yesterday. We have these types of boxes for all the holidays, and the kids (ok, me too!) just LOVE when we bring them in once a year. I wish you could hear the shouts of joy as they go through the content and are reminded of when they made that and who gave them that and so on and so on.
The Purim box has a lot of stuff related to dressing up, like face-paints and wigs and masks and that type of stuff. The truth is our kids like to dress up all year around, so we actually have a box of dress-up-clothes easily accessible in our home, but it all goes one step up around Purim. Good times!
Rosh Chodesh Adar, or rather that last day of Shvat, is also “Yom Ha Mishpacha” – “Family Day“ in Israel. It is what used to be “Mothers Day“, and in our modern and politically correct times has become ” Family Day”…. Either way, – it is all good. We are happy to celebrate family any day! The kids brought sweet gifts and cards, and my husband bought me a beautiful plant. I am one blessed mother, and I have so much to be thankful for!
And we went out and got what we needed for the kids´Purim costumes this year. Our boy is going to be dressed up as a cowboy, and our girl as the little mermaid. Cute ones! Pictures of this will come later, when the fine-polishing of their costumes is all done… 😉 The photos in this post are from last year´s Purim, when they were dressed up as a pirate and Pippi Longstocking.
A very good Chodesh Adar to you all!