from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Judaism The 14th of Adar, observed in celebration of the deliverance of the Jews from massacre by Haman.
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- proper n. A Jewish festival, celebrated on the 14th day of Adar, commemorating the deliverance of the Persian Jews from a massacre.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A Jewish festival, called also the Feast of Lots, instituted to commemorate the deliverance of the Jews from the machinations of Haman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An annual festival observed by the Jews on the 14th and 15th of the month Adar (about the 1st of March).
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- n. (Judaism) a Jewish holy day commemorating their deliverance from massacre by Haman
Oded Balilty/Associated Press PURIM PRAYERS: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men gathered to celebrate Purim in Bnei Brak, Israel, Tuesday.
The day of the slaughter was determined by casting lots, hence the name Purim from pur, or “lot.”
Pesach, Pesach a la mano which in the Ladino language means that Purim is over and Passover is approaching.
Besides these three great festivals, certain minor ones were observed by the Hebrews: The word Purim is probably of Persian origin
So instead I'm acknowledging my own heritage of early spring carnival, aka Purim and wishing you all very happy couple of days of dressing up, drinking and making noise.
Esther responsible for the name Purim, but this theory is refuted by the "Mêgillah Ta’anith" (second century, a.d.), where 13 Adar is still called "Nicanor Day".
So, for everyone else in the room, hamantaschen are three-cornered cookies, filled traditionally with prunes, poppy seed paste or jellies and served during the Jewish holiday of Purim, which is, more or less, the Jewish Mardi Gras/Halloween and runs until next Tuesday.
The last couple of days have been Purim, which is a party holiday and people are walking all over Tel Aviv with funny clothes and blue wigs and having a good time.
It was probably called Purim by the Jews in irony.
It's not just the costumes and masks behind which friends are so well hidden that you can't always tell who is who, and not just the parodic upending of hierarchy that is a regular feature of "Purim Spiel" performances and the mock religious lessons known as "Purim Torah."