On March 21, merrymaking MGHers took part in a festive celebration of Purim, a Jewish holiday commemorating a foiled plot against the Jews of ancient Persia. Led by Rabbi Ben Lanckton, costumed employees read from the scroll of Esther, also known as a megillah, and the audience shook special noisemakers called groggers to drown out every mention of Haman, the story's villain. Afterward, Lanckton shared a blessing before the group enjoyed cookies called hamentashen. Later that day, the Chaplaincy also recognized Good Friday with well-attended Christian and Roman Catholic services to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ and celebrate its meaning throughout the year. Lanckton also gave a reflection at the Christian service.
ALL SMILES: Purim revelers