Purim(Mordechai Day) is a Feast Day that is to be kept by the Israelites throughout our generations on the 14th and 15th day of the 12th month known in the Syrian tongue as the month Adar. The name Purim comes from the word Pur or Purim meaning "lots" which relates to the lots cast before Haman to murder our people Israel(Jews).
Purim is a special memorial of our deliverance from a wicked plot by Haman(a descendant of Edom) to kill all of us. This plot was reversed upon his own head and those that hated us by the mercy of TMH (YHWH) through our fore parents Mordechai and Queen Esther(Hadassah). Below is the biblical account of the origin of the feast known as Purim. This was a celebration that began during the Persian Captivity.
It is important to keep in mind that Purim is not a High Holy Day/ Sabbath, however, it is a feast and celebration which observance includes: resting, feasting, sending gifts to the poor and portions to one another.
“After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite,
and advanced him, and set his seat above all the
princes that were with him.
 And all the king's servants, that were in the king's gate, bowed,
and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded
concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him
 Then the king's servants, which were in the king's gate,
said unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king's
 Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto him,
and he hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman,
to see whether Mordecai's matters would stand: for he had told
them that he was a Jew.
 And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did
him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.
 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone;
for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore
Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout
the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.
 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth
year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before
Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the
twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.
 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain
people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people
in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse
from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore
it is not for the king's profit to suffer them.
 If it please the king, let it be written that they may be
destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the
hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring
it into the king's treasuries.
 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it
unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews'
 And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee,
the people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to
thee.” Esther 3:1-11
“On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth
day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and
 But the Jews that were at Shushan assembled together
on the thirteenth day thereof; and on the fourteenth thereof;
and on the fifteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a
day of feasting and gladness.
 Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled
towns, made the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of
gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions
one to another.
 And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto
all the Jews that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus,
both nigh and far,
 To stablish this among them, that they should keep the
fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of
the same, yearly,
 As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies,
and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy,
and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them
days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another,
and gifts to the poor.
 And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as
Mordecai had written unto them;
 Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite,
the enemy of all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy
them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and to
 But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by
letters that his wicked device, which he devised against the Jews,
should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should
be hanged on the gallows.
 Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur.
Therefore for all the words of this letter, and of that which they
had seen concerning this matter, and which had come unto
 The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed
, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should
not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their
writing, and according to their appointed time every year;
 And that these days should be remembered and kept
throughout every generation, every family, every province,
and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail
from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from
 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and
Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this
second letter of Purim.
 And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty
and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of
peace and truth,
 To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed,
according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined
them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their seed,
the matters of the fastings and their cry.
 And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim;
and it was written in the book.”Esther 9:17-32
Please read Esther chapters 1-10 for the history behind Purim.
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