Purim is one of the most widely popular festivals in Israel. It’s a time when the whole country comes together to celebrate, from religious Jews in Jerusalem to secular Tel Avivians. The festive spirit goes far beyond its original religious roots. Countless Purim street parties with carnival atmospheres take place in almost every city, town, and village in Israel.
It 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 2023, the festival of Purim will take place from the evening of March 6 until the evening of March 7. In Jerusalem, where Shushan Purim is celebrated, the festival takes place on the following day, from March 7 to March 8.
** For events in Tel Aviv – see our dedicated article about Purim in Tel Aviv and for events in Jerusalem, Purim in Jerusalem** For events in the rest of Israel, see below **
What is Purim?
Purim is a Jewish festival that celebrates the Jewish people in the Persian Empire’s survival in the face of destruction. It’s celebrated through dressing up and drinking, and the festival is wildly popular. Unlike other Jewish festivals, many pople still work on Purim and some businesses are open as usual. However most Israelis like to take the day off to let loose and party! The main symbols of Purim are masquerading. 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
The craziest Purim bash in Tel Aviv is returning this year. It’s new and improved location is in Charles Clore Park in the hip Neve Tzedek neighborhood. The Tel Aviv Street Party Purim Rave will be the biggest event yet. It 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. Dress 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 2023, the event will take place on March 6 at 21:30. Thousands of locals will be dressed as zombies, invading nighttime Tel Aviv.
Purim in Safra Square Jerusalem
Jerusalem’s main Purim event takes place in Safra Square in the heart of the city. It hosts a huge range of events for kids and families alike.
Adloyada Holon, Holon Purim Parade
Adloyada Holon is one of the biggest Purim events in Israel. It’s a massive carnival that has taken place in in the city of Holon for over 30 years. This is just south of Tel Aviv. Read more about Adloyada Holon.
- Imagine Purim Desert Carnival at Ashram Bamidbar, Israel: March 2-4, 2023
Event Booking Details
Event Date: 06/03/2023