The Society: Religion and Spirituality: Judaism: Holidays and Observances: (Purim Holidays and Observances )

Purim Holidays and Observances Judaism Religion and Spirituality Society.

According to the Book of Esther, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus /Achashverosh (presumed to be Artaxerxes I of Persia, "Artakhsher" in Old Persian ), planned to kill all the Jews in the empire, but his plans were foiled by Mordecai and his cousin and adopted daughter Esther, who had risen to become Queen of Persia. (wikipedia)