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 2021, the festival of Purim will take place from the evening of March 25 until the evening of March 26.
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.
Tel Aviv Street Party Purim Rave (Annual, cancelled due to Covid-19)
The craziest Purim bash in Tel Aviv is returning this year, this time to its new and improved location in Charles Clore Park. The Tel Aviv Street Party Purim Rave will be the biggest event yet, and will feature two stages with electronic and mainstream music, opportunities to buy food and drinks, and even fashion and accessories. This is a must event. Get dressed in your best look and come ready to celebrate!
Tel Aviv Purim Zombie Walk
Another annual event, the Tel Aviv Purim Zombie walk features, well, zombies, walking through the streets of Tel Aviv. In 2021, the event has been cancelled under the advice of the Ministry of Health.
Adloyada Holon is one of the biggest Purim events in Israel, a massive carnival that will unfortunately not take place in 2021 is held in the city of Holon, just south of Tel Aviv. Read more about Adloyada Holon.