Costumes and masks



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COSTUMES AND MASKS

Dressing up in masks and costumes is one of the most entertaining customs of the Purim holiday. Children in particular enjoy dressing up as the characters found in the Scroll of Esther, including King Ahashverosh, Vashti, Queen Esther, Mordechai, and the evil Haman.



Costumes and masks are worn to disguise the wearers identity. Mistaken identity plays an important role in Purim, possibility originating from Esther's concealment of her Jewish heritage or in Haman's mistaken belief that the King's reward was ment for him

It is also evident in the Purim saying "that you are to drink until you can not distinguish between Haman and Mordechai." But what ever the origin, masks and costumes help to make Purim a very festive holiday.

To help get you in the holiday spirit we have some "masks" for the you and kids to color. So get out the crayons and choose a mask from the 3 below. Just click and you can print directly from your browser or save to your harddrive and print later.



King Ahashverosh


Queen Esther


Haman

The concept of wearing costumes and of concealing one's identity, is a recurrent theme throughout Purim. Examples of hidden identity and costumes in the Book of Esther include:







Mordechai's identity as the one who saves the king's life remains hidden from the king -- until just the right moment.


  • King Achashverosh orders Haman to dress Mordechai in royal garments and parade him through the streets of Shushan.


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