Purim is the Jewish calendar’s biggest party. The holiday, which falls in the joyous month of Adar, celebrates the story of Queen Esther and her uncle Mordechai’s heroic triumph over Haman in ancient Persia, and the resulting deliverance of the Jewish people. The holiday is honored by reading the megillah out loud (and making a ruckus whenever Haman’s name is read), wearing costumes, a good deal of partying on Purim night, and a delicious meal the following day. Perhaps the most famous – and telling – of Purim’s customs is the Talmudic requirement that someone drink until he can no longer distinguish between the words “cursed be Haman” and “blessed be Mordecai.”
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