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BU Students Celebrate Jewish Holiday With Purim Palooza

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VESTAL, N.Y. -

Over 100 students and community members spent part of Monday night at Binghamton University to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim.

From 8-9:30 p.m., the university hosted its campus-wide Purim Palooza. With a $3 admission, guests could enjoy all the rides and attractions at the event, as well as all the Hamentashen pastries they could eat.

The annual Binghamton University Purim Palooza is a campus tradition that's been going on for over two decades. 

"Unfortunately, because we have spring break, and we won't be here for Purim, we're celebrating now," said Hannah Wild, an organizer of the event.

"All the money that we're raising is going to an organization called Sharsheret which raises money and help benefit women that suffer from ovarian and breast cancer and their families," said Wild. 

The event is a project of the Rohr Chabad Center for Jewish Student Life and spearheaded by Chabad, Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, and Alpha Epsilon Phi. 

The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar. The holiday commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who was planning to kill all the Jews.

This year the holiday starts at sundown on March 20 and lasts until nightfall on March 21.