Sheepshead Bay's Jewish community holds early Purim celebration

Families gathered at the Kings Bay Y in Sheepshead Bay this weekend to celebrate the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim.
Children played games, and families ate traditional cookies at the holiday event.
The story of Purim is filled with characters who hid their identities, which is one of the reasons why it is customary for children to dress up in costumes.
It is said that the miracle of Purim was that the Jewish people were saved instead of being killed by the king's evil advisor.
The holiday starts Wednesday night March 20 and ends Thursday night March 21.