Time to learn about the Jewish celebration of Purim! The story of Purim is found in the book of Esther, and today it is a minor Jewish holiday.
The events in the book of Esther take place among the Jewish diaspora community in the Persian Empire during the reign of the Persian emperor Xerxes (486 – 465 B.C.). The story centers around a Jewish woman who becomes queen of Persia and who rescues her people from genocide. The opening chapter describes a banquet hosted by King Xerxes; and when Queen Vashti refuses to obey the king when she is summoned to appear before his guests, the king becomes furious. The king searches throughout the kingdom for a new queen. Mordecai, a Jew, has a beautiful younger cousin, Esther, whom he has raised as his daughter. The king falls in love with Esther and makes her queen, but does not know that she is a Jew. She kept that secret, because nobody liked the Jews.
Now, the wicked advisor to the king named Haman hatches a plot to murder all the Jews. Esther’s uncle Mordecai, hears of the plot, and tells Esther about it. So Queen Esther courageously reveals to the king that she is Jewish, and saves her people.
Purim is a time for parties, drinking, special food, etc.