Purim is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in Israel. Purim in Israel is embraced by the whole country, from religious Jews in Jerusalem to secular Tel Avivians, it is a time of festivity and celebrated far beyond its original religious roots. Purim parties take place across Israel, with Purim street parties with carnival atmospheres taking place in almost every city, town and village in the country. Purim is also one of the biggest nights of the year at clubs up and down the country. With so much going on, and so much color in the amazing costumes that can be seen, Purim in Israel is a fascinating time to be in the country. In 2013, Purim will take place from the evening of February 23 until the evening of February 24 although events extend to either side.
** For events in Tel Aviv – see our dedicated article about Purim in Tel Aviv ** For events in the rest of Israel, see below **
Purim Parade by Lilachd, on Flickr
Purim is the festival that celebrates the Jewish people in the Persian Empire’s survival in the face of destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman. The festival is widely celebrated but is not a day when people do not work, and businesses are open pretty well as usual. The main symbols of Purim are masquerading, and from kids to adults, this tradition is widely embraced, and festive drinking, which many interpret as ‘getting drunk’ among all elements of society. Special foods, including Hamantaschen (Oznei Haman) – sweet pastry filled with, typically, a sweet poppy seed filling, are eaten, and bakeries across the country will be baking these in the run up to the festival.
Adloyada Holon, Holon Purim Parade
Adloyada Holon is one of the biggest Purim events in Israel, a massive carnival that will take place in 2013 for the twenty-first time in the city of Holon, just south of Tel Aviv. Read more about Adloyada Holon.
Purim in Jerusalem – Mamilla Parade
A major Purim parade in Jerusalem will take place at the Alrov Mamilla Avenue. On February 24 and 25, starting from 11am, entertainment will include a circus show, and an acrobatics and fire show as well, of course, as a colorful carnival procession. See more events for Purim in Jerusalem
Purim in Haifa
Major celebrations for Purim in Haifa will take place on Friday 22, Sunday 24, and Monday 25, between 10am to 4pm at the Turkish Market area in the city center. There will be lots of activities taking place including live music performances, street performers, stalls, workshops for kids and adults, and more. Entry is free
Tel Aviv Purim Street Party
The Tel Aviv Purim Street Party will be held in King Saul Boulevard and Museum Square (outside the Tel Aviv Museum of Art). The event will feature, as it has done in previous years, performances from some top musicians, and a great party atmosphere. Event will not take place in rain. Friday 22 February , 2013 from 12:00
See a video from the 2011 Purim Street Party
Tel Aviv Purim Zombie Walk
Another annual event, the Tel Aviv Purim Zombie walk features, well, zombies, walking through the nighttime streets of Tel Aviv. In 2013, the event will take place in the evening of February 23, gathering at 9pm at the corner of Ben-Zion Boulevard and King George (Near the Dizengoff Center).
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