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When is Purim?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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Purim is on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar.1 [During a Leap Year, Purim is on the 14th day of Adar II.]


For the year 2013, Purim starts at nightfall, Saturday, February 23rd, and ends at nightfall, Sunday, February 24th.  [Click here for the exact times of nightfall for any location.]


Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jewish nation over Haman's decree of annihilation. Click here to read more about What is Purim? , How is Pruim celebrated?, and also What is Shushan Purim?.


The following are the beginning dates for Purim for the next few years:


2014 -- nightfall, March 15


2015 -- nightfall, March 4


2016 -- nightfall, March 23


2017 -- nightfall, March 11

Footnotes

  • 1. In certain cities in Israel, Purim is observed on the 15th of Adar and is known as Shushan Purim. See What is Shushan Purim? (http://www.askmoses.com/qa_detail.html?h=529&o=56435).

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Leap Year
Every 2-3 years an extra month is added to the Jewish calendar. Since the lunar year, which Jews follow, is 11 days shorter than the solar year, it is necessary to keep pace, so that holidays corresponding to certain seasons remain in sync. On a leap year, a second month of Adar is added.
Purim
A one-day holiday celebrated in late winter commemorating the miraculous deliverance of the Jewish people from a decree of annihilation issued by Persian King Ahasuerus in the year 356 BCE.
Haman
Descendant of anti-Semitic tribe of Amalek and prime minister of the Persian Empire in the 5th century b.c.e. Schemed to annihilate all the Jews, and the holiday of Purim was established when the plot was foiled.
Adar
The twelfth month on the Jewish calendar. This month (which falls out approx. February-March), is the most joyous month on the calendar due to the holiday of Purim which is on the 14th and 15th of this month.