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Purim, the Feast of
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
n annual festival of the Jews in commemoration of the preservation, as recorded in "Esther," of their race from the threatened wholesale massacre of it in Persia at the instance of Haman, and which was so called because it was by casting "lots" that the day was fixed for the execution of the purpose. It lasts two days, being observed on the 14th and 15th of the month Adar.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Purim, the Feast of'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​nut/​p/purim-the-feast-of.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.