Canary Wharf marks Purim festival with slap up meal for kids and OAPs

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 March 2012

Kids' arrive in fancy dress for big Purim bash

Kids' arrive in fancy dress for big Purim bash


The Jewish Festival of Purim has been celebrated a week early at Canary Wharf where 400 people including children and pensioners from London’s East End were treated to a slap-up meal at the East Wintergarden.

Live music was laid on and Hamantaschen were given out—small pastries filled with poppy seeds.

Pensioners invited included members of the Holocaust Survivors centre and Beaumont day care centre at Stepney Green who were entertained by schoolchildren in fancy dress at yesterday’s big Purim bash hosted by Canary Wharf Group. Gifts of Purim food were also sent out to community groups to distribute.

Canary Wharf Group’s Danny Seliger said: “Purim is one of the best examples of the community coming together—and is fun.”

The Purim story is the Book of Esther which is read from a scroll called a Megillah, about the Queen of Persia who foiled a plot by the king’s first minister Haman to wipe out the Jews in the ancient Persian Empire 3,000 years ago.

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