Purim is a very important holiday. I admit that it does fit the Jewish Holiday Joke:
"They tried to killed us. We won, so let's eat."
It's the only Jewish Holiday that has no direct contact with the Land of Israel. The story takes place in Persia, around the Court of King Achashverosh. King was very Ronny Reagen in that he delegated authority, though he didn't have Reagen's ideology to keep him focused. When one of his top people reported insubordination by one of the ethnic minorities, he gave him full responsibility to handle the issue. That was Haman whose final solution was to destroy every living Jew, from baby to elderly.
The Jewish People were saved due to the brilliant teamwork of Queen Ester, Mordechai and of course G-d working undercover, mustar, hester pannim.
Now, how did the students in this religious girls' high school answer the question:
"What does Purim mean to you?"
They talked about costumes and acting crazy. They sounded more like secular kids in North Tel Aviv than religious girls in Jerusalem. It's a very superficial Purim for them. Honestly, I don't know if the kids in Shiloh are educated any better about Purim.
Something very surprising went through my mind as I listened to the girls talking about Purim. L'havdil, very different, to differentiate... In Christian countries like the United States Xmas is like a national holiday, with all the shopping, parties, vacations etc. There are people who claim that it's just a "secular holiday," or the celebrations are, even though it's an extremely significant one in the christian calendar. As a deeply religious, spiritual person, I respect other religions and I'm sad to see religious holidays deteriorating into just commercial and secular celebrations.