Everyone's pretty solid on what Easter is all about: Jesus and bunnies. But fewer people know the deal with Purim. (Spoiler alert: it's not just "Jewish Halloween.") So, as per uzh, we're here to fill you in. Here's the rundown.
5 Things to Know About Purim
1. The story comes from the Book of Esther.
2. Esther is a queen. She's Jewish.
After Queen Vashti snubs the king, Esther is chosen by King Ahasuerus to be his new queen. How does he pick his bride? With a BCE-era beauty pageant of course. Apparently, "announcing your background" isn't part of the talent portion of the competition, because Esther stays mum about being Jewish.
3. Mordecai is Esther's cousin. He's pious.
4. Haman is the bad guy. He loses.
5. Purim is dress-up day.
Cookies, costumes, and good guys prevailing. What more could you want?