Canary Wharf Group celebrated the Jewish festival of Purim at the striking East Wintergarden on Monday 18 March, where approximately 400 guests attended.
The local community, including elderly residents from nearby nursing homes, day centres and members of East London Orthodox Synagogues Association, attended the celebrations and, as is a tradition of the festival, school children also joined in vibrant coloured fancy dress.
The event featured live music, a delicious buffet lunch, Mincha and speeches. Employees working for the various companies across the Canary Wharf estate were also invited to join in the festivities.
In addition to the event, Canary Wharf Group has arranged for Purim gift packages to be delivered to various local nursing homes and centres, some in the presence of some of the schools.
Danny Seliger, Canary Wharf Group commented: “The celebration of Purim at Canary Wharf is part of our tradition of celebrating a range of religious festivals. Purim is a great opportunity to continue our relationship with local community groups”
Purim is told in the Book of Esther which is read from a scroll called Megillah. It tells the story of an evil man called Haman who tried to destroy the Jews of the Persian Empire. Customs include eating Hamantaschen, small pastries filled with poppy seeds and sending gifts of food to those in need.
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