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Purim 2015: Dates, History, And Traditions Of The Festive Jewish Celebration

Purim is a spring holiday that commemorates the Jewish community's narrow escape from collective destruction in the ancient Persian Empire. The word itself, purim, comes from the Persian word for "lots" and is a reference to the fact that t...

Purim is a spring holiday that commemorates the Jewish community’s narrow escape from collective destruction in the ancient Persian Empire. The word itself, purim, comes from the Persian word for “lots” and is a reference to the fact that the date set for the Jews’ annihilation was chosen by casting lots.

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MARCH 17: People dressed in different costumes celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim. (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Purim falls every year on the 14th of Adar in the Jewish calendar, but this date varies on the Gregorian calendar. In 2015, the holiday falls on March 4-5.

Take a look at these amazing Purim costumes:

Source: The Huffington Post (8282 Articles)
Written by HuffPost Religion Editors