Purimgifts

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Challenge
Name: Purimgifts
Date(s): 2009-current
Moderator(s): Roga, all_my_fandoms
Founder: Roga
Type:
Fandom: multi
Associated Community:
URL: lj community, Purimgifts collection on AO3
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Purimgifts is a "multifandom Purim treat-a-thon"[1] founded in 2008 by Roga. (In 2009, all_my_fandoms joined her as co-moderator of the treat-a-thon.)

Purim is the Jewish festival which celebrates the story told in the Megillah of Esther; it's customary to exchange baskets of baked goodies and small treats at Purim-time. In this treat-a-thon, fans exchange "baskets" of fanfic and graphics anonymously, with names revealed after the holiday and ficathon are over. [2] The stories are expected to hew loosely to the following themes:

Since Purim is the ultimate Jewish women power holiday, ficlets should be focused around one or more of the following:
characters who are Jewish and/or
characters who are women and/or
characters who are persecuted by evil viziers (hey, it's not us, it's the megillah.)[3]

In 2010, Purimgifts followed Yuletide's lead by moving to the Archive of Our Own.[4]

Like its sister community Days of Awesome, Purimgifts also offers Jewish fans the chance to share stories at a Jewishly-appropriate holiday time. For some Jewish fans, the prevalence of fic exchanges centered around Christmas is a problematic reflection of Christian-centric culture, and fic exchanges and challenges designed to coincide with Jewish holidays are seen as a way of highlighting holidays of greater Jewish significance than Chanukah.


References

  1. Purimgifts community profile, accessed 10.4.08
  2. Rules and explanations, accessed 10.4.08
  3. Rules and explanations, accessed 2.25.10
  4. roga, 2010 Multifandom Purim Treat-a-Thon: start your engines…, 6 Jan 2010, accessed 25 Feb 2010.