This holiday, which has a historic basis, namely the intervention of Esther with the Persian king AHASUERUS who had ordered the execution of all Jews on a certain day, but cancelled the order as a result of beautiful Esther's intervention, has of recent years become Israel's carnival.
Close-ups of four dressed up children in the Zoo. (4 shots)
This year's competition in the zoo took place not only in the presence of the Mayor of Tel Aviv, Mr. Levanon, but also of the Mayor of Paris, M. LEBEQUE currently visiting Israel. Here, the two mayors arrive in the zoo (1 shot)
General view in the zoo (1 shot)
Close-up of the two mayors (1 shot)
Close-up of the mayor of Paris (1 shot)
The winners of the first prize - Adam and Eve (2 shots)
Another prize-winner "Israel-French friendship" (1 shot)
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General view (1 shot)
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Close-up of child lifting mask (1 shot)
Children's parade through the Tel Aviv streets (15 shots)
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Background: This holiday, which has a historic basis, namely the intervention of Esther with the Persian king AHASUERUS who had ordered the execution of all Jews on a certain day, but cancelled the order as a result of beautiful Esther's intervention, has of recent years become Israel's carnival. In particular, it has become a children's event, with all children roaming the streets in costume for days before and after the event.
The Tel Aviv municipality annually arranges a competition in the municipal zoo during which prizes are awarded for the most striking or original costumes.
Another highlight of the day is the "Adloyada", a costume parade through the streets of the town. For some years, both grown-ups and children participated, this particular year, it was exclusively a children's event. A special feature of this year's parade was the participation of the "Medrano" circus currently playing in Tel Aviv. (This is an Austrian circus, and the first ever to visit Israel).
While no events were officially organized for the grown-ups, a spirit of holiday-making pervades the town with crowds thronging the street and "Purim" balls, with and without costumes, taking place in various places.