This early-spring holiday commemorates a victory in which food helped win the day, the 6th-century BC triumph over the evil Haman. On Purim, everyone eats triangular pastries called hamantaschen or, in Hebrew, oznai Haman—Haman's ears. The treats are filled with jam, poppy seeds, dates, or chocolate. It's a tradition, known as mishloach manot, to exchange gifts of foods, and you'll see children on the streets carrying little baskets of goodies as well as the ubiquitous "ears."
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