So that's it, Purim's over, in the kindergartens and in the schools, in Jerusalem and in Shushan.
But here's an idea from the Lubavitcher Rebbe that we can take with us, from Purim, into the rest of the year:
When you see a person dressed up on Purim as a scary animal or a clown, it doesn't occur to you to get mad at him or to be scared of him or to take him seriously. Because it's just a costume!
In life, also, we meet a lot of people who are "dressed up." This one's dressed up like a person with chutzpah, this one's obnoxious, this one's apathetic--but that's not their true character. It's actually just their costumes.
We need to remember their good and pure inner essence underneath all that. And maybe even help them, gently, to remove those costumes they've put on.
And it's not just them, all of us wear costumes like that...
Understanding this, and loving others because of it, no matter what they look like, no matter how they behave, is something to take with us from Purim into the rest of the year that awaits us.
Translation by JewishMOM.com