Purim - The Holiday of Masquerades
The days of Purim represent a complete shift of fate. In 586 BCE, the Persian king and accomplice, Haman decreed to annihilate the Jewish people. His plans were spoiled when he himself received what he planned to deliver. We celebrate the Rabbinic-ratified Holliday of Purim through four rituals; reading a hand-written Scroll of Esther, providing gifts to the poor, sending gifts to friends, and a partaking in a celebratory feast, or masquerade.