Wearing colorful hats and costumes, celebrants of the annual Purim Carnival gathered Sunday at Congregation Beth El.

"This is a biblical celebration dating back to Persia, where the Jews were saved from Hamen," Rabbi Marcelo Kormis explained. "To mark the day, we read a special scroll of Esther and enjoy a family celebration with the whole congregation and community."

In a large common room at the Fairfield Woods Road synagogue, 15 attractions were offered by the congregation's Men's Club. The attractions included carnival games such as a spinning wheel for prizes, a leap-frog game, inflatable obstacle course and crafts.

There was also a raffle for prizes, hot dogs and hamburgers and traditional hamentashen cookies.

Funds raised by the carnival offset the congregation's program costs and help fund bar and bat mitzvah gifts for children in the community.