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Purim Festival 2015 Pictures Show All The Colour Of Jewish Holiday

06/03/2015 10:35 GMT | Updated 06/03/2015 11:59 GMT

The Purim festival, celebrated around the world on Thursday, is one of the most colourful and eye-catching days in the Jewish calendar. The annual celebration in the Hebrew calendar is marked on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar.

The Jewish community don their best fancy dress outfits and take part in the day-long festivities to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.

Purim Festival In Pictures