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Ultra-Orthodox Jews read the Book of Esther near dressed up children at a synagogue in Jerusalem on Sunday during the feast of Purim. 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.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men in costumes dance at a yeshiva, a rabbinical seminary, during Purim celebrations in Jerusalem on Monday.Sebastian Scheiner / AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jews read the Book of Esther at a synagogue in Jerusalem on Sunday during the feast of Purim.MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP - Getty Images
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wearing costumes celebrate the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood on Monday.RONEN ZVULUN / Reuters