Purim is the festival when we read the book of Esther with family and friends and celebrate God preserving His people once again. Each year in late winter, on Adar 14th, we celebrate Purim to remember how G-d used Esther and Mordecai to save the Jewish people throughout the Persian Empire from the destruction planned by Haman the Agagite.

This festival is named for the Purim (lots) that were thrown to decide the day that the Jews would be attacked (see Esther 9:26-28). Because Esther went to the king to plead for her life and the lives of her people, the Jews were saved. Mordecai proclaimed that Jews everywhere should celebrate Purim every year with “feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor,” (Esther 9:22b NIV).

When we celebrate Purim, we remember G-d’s faithfulness and love for His people.