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Purim Festival 2015 Pictures Show All The Colour Of Jewish Holiday

06/03/2015 10:35 | Updated 06 March 2015

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.

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    Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children wearing costumes play in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak near the coastal city of Tel Aviv.
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    A group of young acrobats during the Adloyada in Holon, the biggest Purim parade in Israel.
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    Girls wearing costumes at the Adloyada in Holon, the biggest Purim parade in Israel.
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    Brazilian dancer at the Adloyada in Holon.
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    A boy with a big circle globe at the Adloyada in Holon, the biggest Purim parade in Israel. Adloyada is a humorous procession held in Israel in the Jewish holiday of Purim were thousands of the city's residents lined the streets as they came out to enjoy the warm sunny weather and cheer on the procession.
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    A girl in a costume at the Adloyada in Holon, the biggest Purim parade in Israel. Adloyada is a humorous procession held in Israel in the Jewish holiday of Purim.
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    A group of young acrobats during the Adloyada in Holon.
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    Surfers wear costumes during the Purim festival surfing competition in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, March 5, 2015.
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    A boy wears a fake beard during a snowstorm on Purim, Thursday, March 5, 2015 in the Williamsburg neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York.
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    Dancers perform during a Purim festival in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, March 5, 2015.
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    Surfers wear costumes during the Purim festival surfing competition in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, March 5, 2015.
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    Dressed up Israelis take part in a parade during the festivities of the Jewish Purim festival on March 5, 2015 in the central Israeli city of Netanya.
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    Dressed up Israelis take part in a parade during the festivities of the Jewish Purim festival on March 5, 2015 in the central Israeli city of Netanya.
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    Dressed up Israelis take part in a parade during the festivities of the Jewish Purim festival on March 5, 2015 in the central Israeli city of Netanya.
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    Dressed up Israeli settlers take part in a parade during the festivities of the Jewish holiday of Purim on March 5, 2015 in the West Bank town of Hebron.
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    A group of Orthodox Jewish boys dance in the home of a local businessmen while collecting money for their school during the Jewish holiday of Purim on March 5, 2015 in London, England.
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    Jewish people are seen during Purim Festival, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire where a plot had been formed to destroy them, in Hebron, West Bank on March 05, 2015.
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    A Jewish man and a young girl dresses as a clown cycle through the streets during the Jewish holiday of Purim on March 5, 2015 in London, England.
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    Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wearing costumes attend the celebration of the feast of Purim in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak near the coastal city of Tel Aviv on March 5, 2015.
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    Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children wearing costumes play in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak near the coastal city of Tel Aviv on March 5, 2015 during the feast of Purim.
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    Ultra-Orthodox Jewish youth pose during celebration of the feast of Purim in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak near the coastal city of Tel Aviv on March 5, 2015.
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    A group of Orthodox Jewish boys gather around a car to try and collect money during the Jewish holiday of Purim.
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    Orthodox Jewish boys dance in the street before going into the home of a local businessmen while collecting money for their school.
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    People gather in the home of a local business man during the Jewish holiday of Purim on March 5, 2015 in London, England.
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    A group of Orthodox Jewish boys gather around a car to try and collect money during the Jewish holiday of Purim.
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    Orthodox Jewish boys dance in the street before going into the home of a local businessmen while collecting money for their school.
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    A Jewish family, with children in fancy dress walk through the streets collecting money for their school.
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    Jewish families watch from the sidelines during the Jewish holiday of Purim.
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    Jewish people are seen during Purim Festival, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire where a plot had been formed to destroy them, in Hebron, West Bank.
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    Malka Merlin, 9, (L) and sister Shiendy, 6, wear BA stewardess themed fancy dress.

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