Part of the celebration includes dressing up as another character.
Superheroes, princesses and even an Venetian gondolier filled Lakewood Ranch Town Hall Thursday, March 24.
The characters were dressed up for the celebration of Purim with Chabad of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch. Every year, the Purim celebration is organized with a different theme; this year it was Purim Italiano, complete with Italian foods, games and trivia.
Families dressed in costume as a part of the remembrance of the holiday. Purim celebrates the salvation of the Jews in ancient Persia from Haman (also known as Xerxes I), a vizier of the Persian empire in the Book of Ester who vowed to destroy the Jewish people. The costumes represent the change in the fate of the Jewish people.
“Because everything was changed around then, we change around ourselves,” Chamie Bukiet said.