Cedarhurst-based Kulanu Center for Special Services partnered with the Shulamith High School for Girls, to host a costume carnival on Feb. 27 in celebration of Purim, the holiday that commemorates a Jewish victory in ancient Persia over the wicked Haman. This year, Purim was celebrated Feb. 28-March 1.
Girls in grades nine to 12 and Kulanu students ranging in age from six to 21, took part in a day of fun-filled activities, in Kulanu’s multi-purpose room. Kulanu has an array of services and programs that serve the needs of individuals with disabilities, and their families.
Pushed by Haman, King Ahasuerus issued a royal decree to annihilate the entire Jewish nation. Mordechai and Queen Esther, the heroes of the story, foiled the plot, and Haman and his sons were hanged.
The day before Purim includes fasting to mark Esther’s desperate plea to the king to save her nation. The Book of Esther, known as the Megillah, which contains the Purim story, is read during the holiday. Children dress in costume and it’s tradition to drown out the name of Haman every time its read.