Purim costume, dance party set

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The Nelson Jewish community invites everyone to join them for a costume and dance party celebrating Purim on Saturday, March 15 at Bigby Place, 509 Front Street.

Purim, sometimes referred to as the “Jewish Halloween” because of its costumed festivities, commemorates the suspenseful story told in the Book of Esther of the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to kill them during the time of the ancient Persian empire. Purim joyfully celebrates the universal and ageless themes of the rightful use of free will and the courageous triumph of good over evil.

The Nelson event will feature a potluck starting at 5:30 p.m., prizes for best costume and one-minute performance, and traditional singing and dancing.

Haya Maor, a traditional dance instructor from Israel will lead the dances, and the music will be performed by Nicola Everton, clarinet, Catherine McGrath, accordion, David Feldman, bass, and Jovan Wallis, dumbek.

Participants are invited to dress up as characters from the Book of Esther or as anything else that catches their fancy. Face makeup or masks are encouraged.

Tickets are $10 in advance at Mountain Baby, 636 Baker Street, or $13 at the door.

For more information call 250-352-1917.

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