The custom of dressing up in costumes on Purim originated from Ashkenazic communities in Europe and has become a popular custom today for Ashkenazim (cf. Rema in Shulkhan Aruch Orach Chaim 696:8).
Is there anything prohibitive (in rabbinic literature) for a Sephardic Jew (or any other non-Ashkenazic Jew) to dress up on Purim?
From the outset, I would think there are two main challenges for Sephardic Jews in accepting this new custom:
- The questionable origins of Purim costuming and the prohibition to not accept the customs of foreign nations, as has been discussed previously, might be inhibitive for someone newly taking on the custom.
- By dressing in costumes, Sephardim might be forsaking their already established custom to actually dress in nice holiday clothes (cf. Ben Ish Chai, Hil. Purim #22).
If Sephardim can dress up, I would like to know how this is possible given these apparent issues.