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Purim Festival Brings Out Colorful Costumes

A group of Orthodox Jewish boys dance and sing outside the home of a local businessman while collecting money for their school in London.

A dancer performs during the annual parade marking the Jewish holiday of Purim in Holon, near Tel Aviv March 5, 2015.

The Jewish holiday of Purim commemorates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther which is read in synagogues. Traditional Purim customs include costumed festival processions, giving gifts, eating sweets, and donations to charity.

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Dancers perform during a Purim festival in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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A costumed child takes part in Purim celebrations in Zurich, Switzerland.

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A group of Orthodox Jewish boys dance and sing outside the home of a local businessman while collecting money for their school in London.

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A Jewish settler boy dressed in a costume speaks to an Israeli soldier during a parade marking the Jewish holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron.

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A worker places the final touches to a float figure depicting Britain's Queen Elizabeth at a design factory near Kfar Saba, Israel on Feb. 24.

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Performers wearing costumes take part in a parade outside the Bialik Rogozin school in Tel Aviv. At Bialik Rogozin, children of migrant workers and refugees are educated alongside native Israelis.

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Students wearing costumes play with toy guns during a Purim parade outside the Bialik Rogozin school in Tel Aviv.

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Children dressed in costumes watch the Purim parade in Holon, near Tel Aviv.

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Jewish settlers in costumes march during the annual Purim parade in the Jewish part of the West Bank city of Hebron.

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A Jewish settler dressed as a clown performs on a separation wall during the annual Purim parade in the Jewish part of the West Bank city of Hebron.

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