Nightlife Today is the Jewish Fat Tuesday
posted by March 20 at 16:42 PMon
Today is Purim, a.k.a. the Jewish Drinking Holiday!
Lots of people don’t even know that Jews have a drinking holiday ala St. Patty’s Day (fucking amateur night, if you ask me).
Here’s what it’s all about:
Jewish exiles from the Kingdom of Judah who had been living in the Babylonian captivity (6th Century BCE) found themselves under Persian rule after Babylonia was in turn conquered by the Persian Empire. According to the Book of Esther, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus / Xerxes, planned to kill the Jews, but his plans were foiled by Esther, who was made queen after Xerxes kicked out his previous queen, Vashti, and Mordechai, the palace gatekeeper for Xerxes who raised Esther when her parents died, though he was her cousin. This was evidence of divine intervention on behalf of the Jews. The Jews were delivered from being the victims of an evil decree against them and were instead allowed by the King to destroy their enemies, and the day after the battle was designated as a day of feasting and rejoicing.
Translation: Fuck Haman and GO ESTHER!
Things Jews do on Purim:
And make tons of noise with these:
If you want to participate (of course you do! It’s fucking fun!), some Jews are holding a party at the Capitol Hill Arts Center Lower Level. There will be Klezmer. Also, there will be dancing to non-Klezmer, which you will prefer to the Klezmer.