Chabad-Lubavitch of Northwest Philadelphia will be hosting a festive dinner and celebration in honor of the Purim holiday, on Sunday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m.

The Holiday of Purim, the most joyous of the Jewish holidays, commemorates the victory of the Jews over the wicked Haman, nearly 2,400 years ago. The happiness of the day is shared by sending gifts of food to friends, giving charity to the poor, and – most of all – by a grand, festive feast. In addition, the biblical book of Esther, known as the “Megillah,” is read. The Megillah recounts the entire story of Purim.

Chabad’s Purim Celebration will begin with a Megillah Reading at 4:45 PM, followed by a festive dinner at 5:30 p.m. Adults and children of all ages are invited to attend. The cost is $18 for adults, $10 children, children under 4 free. The celebration will take place at 7334 Rural Lane in West Mt. Airy. To RSVP, go to www.ChabadNWP.org or call Chabad at 215-438-5327.

Chabad wil also be distributing “shalach manos” to various senior centers throughout Northwest Philadelphia in connection with the holiday. To volunteer, and for details of additional services and Megillah readings go to www.ChabadNWP.org or call 215-438-5327.