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Adar (Hebrew: אֲדָר from adir, "strength") is the twelth month of the Hebrew calendar. It is 29 days long, and occurs in February-March in the Gregorian calendar. The festival Purim falls within this month. In a leap year, it is preceded by a 30-day additional month, Adar Aleph or Adar I; the usual month is then called Adar Bet or Adar II. Adar Aleph has 30 days; Purim is still observed in Adar Bet.
Due to the presence of purim in this month, it is considered to be the happiest month of the Hebrew calendar: its motto is MiShenichnas Adar Marbim BeSimcha "Since Adar enters, be more joyful."
References in Popular Culture
"Adar" is the name of the President of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol in the Battlestar Galactica series as well as its reimagining in 2004. This is not a coincidence; the creator of the original Battlestar, Glen A. Larson, is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and many of his religious perspectives are evident in the series.
- Judaism 101 Current Hebrew calendar with corresponding Gregorian dates.