Purim – The Feast of Lots
Purim is the Feast of Lots, and is observed on the 14th day of Adar. Told in the Book of Esther, Purim recounts the story of Queen Esther saving the Jewish people from Haman, a royal advisor who had plans to destroy them. Purim is celebrated with the giving of gifts (Mishloach Manot) to friends and the poor, dressing in costume, and reading the Megillah. Hamantaschen are traditionally baked in preparation for the holiday.