Purim (Tel Aviv) – for those interested in both a taste of Jewish culture, as well as partaking in festivities, this holiday, which goes back thousands of years, is a great start. Purim takes place every March (a 7-9 day event). Even though Purim is celebrated throughout Israel, Tel Aviv and its cosmopolitan atmosphere is the ideal place for this event. Purim celebrates the story of the Biblical Book of Ester — where the Jews of Persia were saved from being executed under King Achashverosh in 485-465 BC. The festivities have participants dress up in fancy dress, and take part in revelry and a lot of drinking.
Purim Street Parties — Tel-Aviv nightspots & bars hold fancy dress parties, while a Halloween-like parade (Adloyada) is held along Shaul Hamelech Blvd. in downtown Tel Aviv. An ideal spot is near the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art — where DJs can be found spinning music to accompany a huge street party and fair. There’s also a free carnival that starts at 12 noon, which includes music, food stands and market stalls. Other places to see are the Jaffa Port’s Hangar 1 for live musical performances, and the square in front of Beit Ariel for a street party. Other festivities include the pre-Purim Zombie Walk — where thousands of locals take over the streets at night dressed as Zombies!