Jewish Holidays and FestivalsPlease see http://www.uahc.org/holidays/jcal.html for a schedule of what day a holiday occurs in this calendar year.
PurimPurim (Feast of Esther) is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the Hebrew month Adar, or exactly four weeks before Passover. It is held in honor of Esther, a beautiful Jewish queen. Esther was encouraged by her cousin Mordecai to go to her husband the king when his wicked adviser, Haman, had persuaded him to kill all of her people. After fasting and praying, Esther did go before her husband and pled for all of the Jews to be saved. Her desire was granted (See story in Friend, July 1972, p. 32).
On Taanit Esther, the day before Purim, many people fast in remembrance of the fasting of Queen Esther.
A little verse boys and girls in Israel learn and recite at this time is:
Mordecai, the Just,
On his horse is riding,
And the wicked Haman
From the tree is hanging.
On Purim Day we send
Nice gifts to each other,
And all the happy children
Dress up in fancy costumes.
A sweet bread called hamanstaschen is usually served in all the homes at the time of Purim.