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Celebrations For Jewish Holiday Purim

BEIT SHEMESH, ISRAEL - FEBRUARY 24: (ISRAEL OUT) Ultra-Orthodox Jews from the Lelov Hasidic sect gather around their rabbi as they celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim on February 24, 2013 in Beit Shemesh, Israel. 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 described in the Book of Esther. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Celebrating Purim

Observers of the Jewish faith around the world celebrated the holiday of Purim February 23-24 by giving gifts of food and drink and wearing costumes.