February 27, 2012

Celebrating Purim: The Jewish Carnival



It is the end of February and it means that Purim is on its way.

Since Hebrew calendar is a lunisolar one, the dates of the holidays change from one year to another. This year Purim falls on March the 7th, just a day before an international Women's Day (which means that I should try and illustrate twice as much as I did previously).

But for now - back to Purim. 
Purim is an ancient holiday that celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from nation's destruction in Ancient Persia. These days people wear carnival costumes, eat tasty Hamentasches and make lots and lots of noise with Purim Gragger, which is a traditional Purim Noisemaker. Kids usually don't go to school that day but do get loads of candies, there are parties and carnival processions everywhere.
In short - happy-tasty-fun! 

For some reason it's cloudy and rainy on Purim so there's always a chance to get wet. 
But I guess that's ok, we could live with that :)

At the moment I am working on some new Illustration while the one above was created last year and is a big hit on ShutterStock right now, although without the text.

See you next time,
D.