in all the provinces
These events took place during the days of Ahasuerus,who ruled 127 provinces from India to Cush.
In those days King Ahasuerus reigned from his royal throne in the fortress at Susa.
During the year before each young woman's turn to go to King Ahasuerus, the harem regulation required her to receive beauty treatments with oil of myrrh for six months and then with perfumes and cosmetics for [another] six months.
When the young woman would go to the king, she was given whatever she requested to take with her from the harem to the palace.
She would go in the evening, and in the morning she would return to a second harem under the supervision of Shaashgaz, the king's eunuch in charge of the concubines. She never went to the king again, unless he desired her and summoned her by name.
On that day the Lord will strip their finery: ankle bracelets, headbands, crescents,
pendants, bracelets, veils,
headdresses, ankle jewelry, sashes, perfume bottles, amulets,
signet rings, nose rings,
festive robes, capes, cloaks, purses,
garments, linen clothes, turbans, and veils.