The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Holiday[Heb yôm ṭôḇ] (Est. 8:17; 9:19, 22; cf. 1 S. 25:8); AV GOOD DAY. The Feast of Purim, celebrating Israel’s deliverance from its Persian enemies, was the only really secular Jewish festival and was given over to merriment. In postbiblical times a “good day” was any holy or feast day.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
feria. While in classical Latin the word means ‘feast day’ or ‘holiday’, in ecclesiastical language it is applied to such days (other than Saturdays and Sundays) on which no feast falls. The history of this change of meaning is involved and somewhat obscure. Since 1969 in the RC Church, lessons have
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
HOLIDAY (Heb. hănāḥâ, “quiet”). It has been related that when Ahasuerus took Esther to be his wife he “made a holiday for the provinces” (Esther 2:18; “release,” KJV). The exact nature of this holiday or “quiet” is not known, but the LXX and Aram. understand it as immunity from taxes.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HOLIDAY — a religious feast day or holy day (Esth. 2:18; release, KJV; remission of taxes, RSV). The “Feast of Esther” that King Ahasuerus proclaimed as a holiday was later referred to as the Feast of Purim (Esth. 9:18–32). Also see Feasts and Festivals.
Compton’s Encyclopedia
festivals and holidays
festivals and holidaysPeople throughout the world celebrate festivals and holidays. Some celebrations are almost universal, such as Christmas on December 25, while others are specific to a certain area, such as a country’s independence day. These special days are set aside to commemorate a historical
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HOLIDAY [יוֹם טוֹבyom tov]. Means “a good day.” A happy day often celebrated in conjunction with a feast or festival. In the book of Esther, the Jews celebrate Purim, a holiday commemorating relief from Haman’s intended massacre (Esth 8:17; 9:22). On Purim Jews send gifts to one another, give presents
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