Israeli children dressed up in costumes in downtown Jerusalem, during the Jewish holiday of Purim when it is customary to dress up, March 24, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Some 100,000 costumed residents of Tel Aviv and surrounding towns are expected to take part in the city’s annual festival for the Jewish holiday of Purim on Friday.
The event follows dozens of similar festivities on Wednesday and Thursday throughout the country. The holiday is celebrated twice: in most places from Wednesday night to Thursday night, but a day later, from Thursday night to Friday night, in cities with ancient walls similar to those of the Persian capital of Susa where the Purim tale takes place.