Purim Party

Purim is a festival that celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people living throughout the ancient Persian Empire from a plot by Haman the Agagite to annihilate them. According to the Book of Esther, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus planned to kill the Jews, but his plans were foiled by Esther, his queen. Mordecai, a palace official, cousin and foster parent of Esther, subsequently replaced Haman. Purim is characterized by public reading of the Book of Esther, giving mutual gifts of food and drink, giving charity to the poor, and a celebratory meal. Other customs include drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebrations. The best thing about this holiday is of course wearing masks and customs – something like Halloween. For someone like me, that sometimes wears masks, wigs, and funny hats at work, that’s not a big deal, but on Purim, all the serious people from the office are expected to lighten up and join in.
As usual, the company’s human resources department pulled a Purim party, and as the company’s music band, we were called to perform on the main stage. This time we only had time to perform 3 songs, so we chose Efraim Shamir’s “Dances to all the girls”, and Tzvika Pik’s “The automatic dancer” (both are innocent disco/boogie songs from the 70’s), and Mashina’s “No other place” (an energetic rock song that turns into a techno piece at some point). This time the band consisted of 7 people, the largest group we ever had on stage. It was extremely fun, and we got some awesome reviews. Some pictures can be seen HERE.

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