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Celebrating Purim - 18 Mar 2014
Images from around the world including Israel and the U.S. of Purim celebrations. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther.
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March 17, 2014
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wearing costumes celebrate the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim...
Jerusalem, Israel
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wearing costumes celebrate Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wearing costumes celebrate the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood March 17, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (JERUSALEM - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 17, 2014
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men sing and dance as they celebrate the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim...
Jerusalem, Israel
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men sing and dance as they celebrate the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim...
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men sing and dance as they celebrate the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood March 17, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (JERUSALEM - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
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March 17, 2014
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance on a table as they celebrate the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea...
Jerusalem, Israel
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance on a table as they celebrate Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood...
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance on a table as they celebrate the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood March 17, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (JERUSALEM - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 17, 2014
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance at Toldos Aharon Yeshiva as they celebrate the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's...
Jerusalem, Israel
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance at Toldos Aharon Yeshiva as they celebrate the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's...
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance at Toldos Aharon Yeshiva as they celebrate the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood March 17, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (JERUSALEM - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
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March 17, 2014
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man wearing a costume dances as he celebrates the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's...
Jerusalem, Israel
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man celebrates the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood...
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man wearing a costume dances as he celebrates the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood March 17, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (JERUSALEM - Tags: RELIGION)
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March 17, 2014
Ultra Orthodox Jews, one of them wearing a costume for the Jewish holiday of Purim, pray at the Western...
Jerusalem, Israel
Ultra Orthodox Jews, one of them wearing a costume for Purim, pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's...
Ultra Orthodox Jews, one of them wearing a costume for the Jewish holiday of Purim, pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City March 17, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (JERUSALEM - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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March 17, 2014
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish girls wear costumes for the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood...
Jerusalem, Israel
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish girls wear costumes for the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood...
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish girls wear costumes for the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood March 17, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (JERUSALEM - Tags: RELIGION)
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March 15, 2014
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy (R), dressed in a special costume for Purim, stands next to others as they...
Bnei Brak, Israel
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy, dressed in a special costume for Purim, stands next to others as they take...
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy (R), dressed in a special costume for Purim, stands next to others as they take part in a celebration for the Jewish holiday of Purim at a synagogue in Bnei Brak March 15, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Nir Elias (ISRAEL - Tags: RELIGION ANNIVERSARY)
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March 15, 2014
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children, dressed in special costumes for Purim, stand on a table in the synagogue...
Bnei Brak, Israel
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children, dressed in special costumes for Purim, stand on a table in the synagogue...
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children, dressed in special costumes for Purim, stand on a table in the synagogue during celebrations for the Jewish holiday of Purim in Bnei Brak March 15, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Nir Elias (ISRAEL - Tags: RELIGION ANNIVERSARY)
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March 15, 2014
Ultra-Orthodox Jews, dressed in a special costume for Purim, read the Book of Esther during celebrations...
Bnei Brak, Israel
Ultra-Orthodox Jews, dressed in a special costume for Purim, read the Book of Esther during celebrations...
Ultra-Orthodox Jews, dressed in a special costume for Purim, read the Book of Esther during celebrations for the Jewish holiday of Purim at a synagogue in Bnei Brak March 15, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Nir Elias (ISRAEL - Tags: RELIGION ANNIVERSARY)
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March 15, 2014
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy, dressed in a special costume for Purim, is seen during the reading of the...
Bnei Brak, Israel
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy, dressed in a special costume for Purim, is seen during the reading of the...
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy, dressed in a special costume for Purim, is seen during the reading of the Book of Esther as part of the celebrations for the Jewish holiday of Purim at a synagogue in Bnei Brak March 15, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Nir Elias (ISRAEL - Tags: RELIGION)
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March 15, 2014
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish kids, dressed in a special costume for Purim, walk around the synagogue during...
Bnei Brak, Israel
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish kids, dressed in a special costume for Purim, walk around the synagogue during...
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish kids, dressed in a special costume for Purim, walk around the synagogue during celebrations for the Jewish holiday of Purim in Bnei Brak March 15, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Nir Elias (ISRAEL - Tags: RELIGION ANNIVERSARY)
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March 16, 2014
Dancers perform during the annual parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in Holon, near Tel Aviv March...
Holon, Israel
Dancers perform during parade for Purim in Holon
Dancers perform during the annual parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in Holon, near Tel Aviv March 16, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Nir Elias (ISRAEL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 16, 2014
Dancers wearing costumes walk behind a float with a sculpture depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin...
Holon, Israel
Dancers walk behind a float with a sculpture depicting Russian President Putin during parade for Purim...
Dancers wearing costumes walk behind a float with a sculpture depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin during the annual parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in Holon, near Tel Aviv March 16, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Nir Elias (ISRAEL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)
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March 16, 2014
An Israeli border police officer stands guard as dancers dressed in costumes perform during the annual...
Holon, Israel
Israeli border police officer stands guard as dancers perform during parade for Purim in Holon
An Israeli border police officer stands guard as dancers dressed in costumes perform during the annual parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in Holon, near Tel Aviv March 16, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Nir Elias (ISRAEL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
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March 16, 2014
Ultra Orthodox Jewish children dressed in costumes dance in a classroom as they celebrate the Jewish...
Jerusalem, Israel
Ultra Orthodox Jewish children dressed in costumes celebrate Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood...
Ultra Orthodox Jewish children dressed in costumes dance in a classroom as they celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood, March 16, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (JERUSALEM - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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March 16, 2014
Costumed Israelis take part in the annual "Zombie Walk" for the Jewish holiday of Purim in Tel Aviv March...
Tel Aviv, Israel
Costumed Israelis take part in annual "Zombie Walk" in Tel Aviv
Costumed Israelis take part in the annual "Zombie Walk" for the Jewish holiday of Purim in Tel Aviv March 15, 2014. Picture taken March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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March 14, 2014
A girl in costume tries on a helmet that belongs to a boy after a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim...
Tel Aviv, Israel
A girl in costume tries on a helmet that belongs to a boy after a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim...
A girl in costume tries on a helmet that belongs to a boy after a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim at the Bialik Rogozin school in south Tel Aviv March 14, 2014. At Bialik Rogozin, children of migrant workers and refugees are educated alongside native Israelis. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (ISRAEL - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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March 14, 2014
A girl in costume drinks from a water fountain before a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim at the...
Tel Aviv, Israel
A girl in costume drinks from a water fountain before a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in Tel...
A girl in costume drinks from a water fountain before a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim at the Bialik Rogozin school in south Tel Aviv March 14, 2014. At Bialik Rogozin, children of migrant workers and refugees are educated alongside native Israelis. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (ISRAEL - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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March 14, 2014
Revellers in costumes are sprayed with foam during a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim outside the...
Tel Aviv, Israel
Revellers in costumes are sprayed with foam during a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim outside the...
Revellers in costumes are sprayed with foam during a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim outside the Bialik Rogozin school in south Tel Aviv March 14, 2014. At Bialik Rogozin, children of migrant workers and refugees are educated alongside native Israelis. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (ISRAEL - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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March 14, 2014
Israeli youths (L and R) dressed up as Hassidic Jewish men for celebrations marking the Jewish holiday...
Sderot, Israel
Israeli youths dressed up as Hassidic Jewish men for celebrations marking Purim sit outside their school...
Israeli youths (L and R) dressed up as Hassidic Jewish men for celebrations marking the Jewish holiday of Purim sit outside their school in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, near the Gaza Strip March 14, 2014. Sderot was hit by one of the 60 rockets fired on Wednesday by the Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip and Israel carried out 29 air strikes and its tanks shelled militant targets in Gaza. There were no casualties in Wednesday's exchange. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
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March 14, 2014
A boy aims a toy gun as a girl wearing a costume poses near a mural of Jerusalem's Old City during celebrations...
Sderot, Israel
A boy aims a toy gun as a girl wearing a costume poses near a mural during celebrations marking the Jewish...
A boy aims a toy gun as a girl wearing a costume poses near a mural of Jerusalem's Old City during celebrations marking the Jewish holiday of Purim at their school in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, near the Gaza Strip March 14, 2014. Sderot was hit by one of the 60 rockets fired on Wednesday by the Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip and Israel carried out 29 air strikes and its tanks shelled militant targets in Gaza. There were no casualties in Wednesday's exchange. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 16, 2014
Jewish settler boys, one wearing an Arab costume (R), walk together during a parade for the Jewish holiday...
Hebron, Palestinian Territories
Jewish settler boys walk together during parade for Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of...
Jewish settler boys, one wearing an Arab costume (R), walk together during a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron March 16, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (WEST BANK - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
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March 16, 2014
A clown juggles during a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron March...
Hebron, Palestinian Territories
A clown juggles during a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron
A clown juggles during a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron March 16, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (WEST BANK - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
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March 16, 2014
An Israeli soldier (R) sits next to a boy dressed in a costume as he guards during a parade for the Jewish...
Hebron, Palestinian Territories
An Israeli soldier sits next to a boy dressed in a costume during a parade for Purim in Hebron
An Israeli soldier (R) sits next to a boy dressed in a costume as he guards during a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron March 16, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (WEST BANK - Tags: RELIGION MILITARY)
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March 17, 2014
Men dance in the street during the Jewish holiday of Purim in the South Williamsburg suburb of New York...
New York, UNITED STATES
Men dance in the street during the Jewish holiday of Purim in the South Williamsburg suburb of New York...
Men dance in the street during the Jewish holiday of Purim in the South Williamsburg suburb of New York March 16, 2014. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties 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. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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March 17, 2014
Men dance in the street during the Jewish holiday of Purim in the South Williamsburg suburb of New York...
New York, UNITED STATES
Men dance in the street during the Jewish holiday of Purim in the South Williamsburg suburb of New York...
Men dance in the street during the Jewish holiday of Purim in the South Williamsburg suburb of New York March 16, 2014. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties 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. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
USA/
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March 17, 2014
A child dressed as a fire fighter holds a man's hand during the Jewish holiday of Purim in the South...
New York, UNITED STATES
A child dressed as a fire fighter holds a man's hand during the Jewish holiday of Purim in the South...
A child dressed as a fire fighter holds a man's hand during the Jewish holiday of Purim in the South Williamsburg suburb of New York March 16, 2014. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties 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. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
USA/
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March 17, 2014
Children in costume stand through a can sunroof during the Jewish holiday of Purim in the South Williamsburg...
New York, UNITED STATES
Children in costume stand through a can sunroof during the Jewish holiday of Purim in the South Williamsburg...
Children in costume stand through a can sunroof during the Jewish holiday of Purim in the South Williamsburg suburb of New York March 16, 2014. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties 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. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
USA/
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March 17, 2014
A man with a painted beard stands on a street during the Jewish holiday of Purim in the South Williamsburg...
New York, UNITED STATES
A man with a painted beard stands on a street during the Jewish holiday of Purim in the South Williamsburg...
A man with a painted beard stands on a street during the Jewish holiday of Purim in the South Williamsburg suburb of New York March 16, 2014. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties 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. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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March 16, 2014
A child who is a member of the Jewish community of Guatemala attends an event to celebrate the Jewish...
Guatemala City, Guatemala
A child who is a member of the Jewish community of Guatemala attends an event to celebrate the Jewish...
A child who is a member of the Jewish community of Guatemala attends an event to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim in Holon in downtown Guatemala City, March 16, 2014. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez (GUATEMALA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION ANNIVERSARY)
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