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Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people through Mordecai and Queen Esther.
But the most important thing is that it's a mitzvah to get drunk! Yes, this is when we all drink till we don't know the difference between
blessed-be-conservapedia and cursed-be-rationalwiki blessed-be-rationalwiki and cursed-be-conservapedia (learned Jews will understand that line).
Other mitzvahs of the day include giving gifts of food to your friends and giving charity to the destitute. The most important mitzvah of the day is having a big party!
It is also common to dress up for Purim. This is more like an old-fashioned masquerade ball rather than Halloween. Many people choose to dress up as characters from the Purim story, but others do not.This holiday goes along the theme of many Jewish holidays. "They tried to kill us, they failed, let's eat"