IN PHOTOS: Israelis Don Costumes to Celebrate Holiday of Purim

Kids and adults, citizens and asylum-seekers, dress up and take to the streets to celebrate the salvation of Jews in ancient Persia from a plot to kill them.

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Asylum seekers' children, mostly from Eritrea, wear costumes as they watch an acrobat performs during the Purim festival in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther, which is read in synagogues. Other customs include: sending food parcels and giving charity; dressing up in masks and costumes; eating a festive meal; and public celebrations.
Asylum seekers' children, mostly from Eritrea, wear costumes as they watch an acrobat performs during the Purim festival in Tel Aviv, March 8, 2017.Credit: Ariel Schalit/AP
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish girl wearing a bride outfit walks in the street during a school Purim celebration four days ahead of the official holiday on the Jewish calendar in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem on March 8, 2017.
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish girl wearing a bride outfit walks in the street during a school Purim celebration, in Jerusalem on March 8, 2017.Credit: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP
A photo of Hillary Clinton glued adorns a float of U.S. President Donald Trump, that will be used in next week's Purim carnivals throughout the country, at a workshop in the city of Holon, Israel, Wednesday, March. 8, 2017. The Jewish holiday of Purim celebrates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Scroll of Esther.
A photo of Hillary Clinton glued adorns a float of U.S. President Donald Trump, that will be used in Purim carnivals throughout the country, at a workshop in the city of Holon, March. 8, 2017.Credit: Oded Balilty/AP
Israeli artists put final touches on a float of U.S. President Donald Trump, to be used next week during Purim carnivals throughout the country, at a workshop in the city of Holon, Israel, Wednesday, March. 8, 2017. The Jewish holiday of Purim celebrates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Scroll of Esther.
Israeli artists put final touches on a float of U.S. President Donald Trump, to be used during Purim carnivals throughout the country, at a workshop in the city of Holon, March. 8, 2017. Credit: Oded Balilty/AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children wearing costumes look at a figure doll symbolising the Evil Haman from the ancient Book of Ester, during their school Purim celebration four days ahead of the official holiday on the Jewish calendar in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem on March 8, 2017.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children wearing costumes look at a figure doll symbolising the Evil Haman from the ancient Book of Ester, during their school Purim celebration, Jerusalem, March 8, 2017.Credit: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children wearing costumes look at a hanged figure doll symbolising the Evil Haman from the ancient Book of Ester, during their school Purim celebration four days ahead of the official holiday on the Jewish calendar in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem on March 8, 2017.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children wearing costumes look at a hanged figure doll symbolising the Evil Haman from the ancient Book of Ester, during their school Purim celebration, Jerusalem, March 8, 2017.Credit: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children look at a hanged figure doll symbolising the Evil Haman from the ancient Book of Ester, during their school Purim celebration four days ahead of the official holiday on the Jewish calendar in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem on March 8, 2017.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children look at a hanged figure doll symbolising the Evil Haman from the ancient Book of Ester, during their school Purim celebration, in Jerusalem on March 8, 2017.Credit: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children wearing costumes march in line in the street during their school Purim celebration four days ahead of the official holiday on the Jewish calendar in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem on March 8, 2017.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children wearing costumes march in line in the street during their school Purim celebration four days ahead of the official holiday, Jerusalem on March 8, 2017.Credit: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP
Ruth Yarkoni, a former teacher and now a volunteer in a kindergarten for asylum seekers' children wears a costume during the Purim parade festival in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther, which is read in synagogues. Other customs include: sending food parcels and giving charity; dressing up in masks and costumes; eating a festive meal; and public celebrations.
Ruth Yarkoni, a former teacher and now a volunteer in a kindergarten for asylum seekers' children wears a costume during the Purim parade festival in Tel Aviv, March 8, 2017. Credit: Ariel Schalit/AP
Asylum seekers' children, mostly from Eritrea, wear costume during the Purim parade festival in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther, which is read in synagogues. Other customs include: sending food parcels and giving charity; dressing up in masks and costumes; eating a festive meal; and public celebrations.
Asylum seekers' children, mostly from Eritrea, wear costume during the Purim parade festival in Tel Aviv, March 8, 2017. Credit: Ariel Schalit/AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children wearing costumes stand in the street during their school Purim celebration four days ahead of the official holiday on the Jewish calendar in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem on March 8, 2017.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children wearing costumes stand in the street during their school Purim celebration on the Jewish calendar in Jerusalem on March 8, 2017.Credit: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP
Asylum seeker children, mostly from Eritrea, wear costumes during the Purim parade festival in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther, which is read in synagogues. Other customs include: sending food parcels and giving charity; dressing up in masks and costumes; eating a festive meal; and public celebrations.
Asylum seeker children, mostly from Eritrea, wear costumes during the Purim parade festival in Tel Aviv, March 8, 2017. Credit: Ariel Schalit/AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children wearing costumes stand in the street during their school Purim celebration four days ahead of the official holiday on the Jewish calendar in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem on March 8, 2017.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children wearing costumes stand in the street during their school Purim celebration in Jerusalem on March 8, 2017.Credit: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP

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