Celebrating Purim

Purim - the holiday of the liberation of the Jews from extermination and persecution by the ancient Persians, who began to celebrate on 1 March. On this day people dress up in costumes of characters from the book of Esther, have fun, joke and drink, and to unconsciousness.

A girl from a family of ultra-Orthodox Jews in the dress of Queen Esther walks down the street in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim during the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim, March 1st. The history of this festival, described in the book of Esther (Esther) is rooted in the V century BC and is associated with the release of the Jews from genocide by the ancient Persians. (UPI / Debbie Hill)

Boy smokes Orthodox Jewish holiday of Purim in March 1st. Holiday devoted to the events described in the Old Testament and is connected with the salvation of the Jewish community of the Persian Empire from destruction. As described in the Book of Esther - the king's minister Haman planned to destroy the Jewish people. The name of the festival comes from the word "Pur" (Akkadian "Puru" - "lots"), which Haman cast to appoint month extermination of the Jews. (UPI / Debbie Hill)

Israeli drunk lying on the street in celebration of Purim in Mea Shearim. Purim - happy holiday, in which to drink wine. According to the Talmud, you need to drink as long as one does not cease to distinguish between enemies and friends. (UPI / Debbie Hill)


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