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Purim
Purim, a Jewish holiday for feasting, wearing masks, and eating traditional hamantaschen cookies, originates from a dark episode in the religion's history. The holiday commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who vowed to kill all Jews in the Achaemenid Persian Empire. When his plans were foiled, Purim became a celebration of deliverance.