PURIM CELEBRATIONS IN JERUSALEM
Ultra-Orthodox Jews celebrate the Purim holiday in the Mea Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem. According to the Jewish religion, Purim is a time for happiness.
Most Israelis just have parties and wear costumes, but the Ultra-Orthodox community takes celebrations to the extreme, as men of the community heavily drink wine and can be seen dancing and singing loudly. This is the only day of the year when the Ultra-Orthodox children are allowed to smoke – it’s part of the tradition. The women are not participating the big celebrations with the men and the children; they remain behind the scenes, helping things happen.
The Ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood Mea Shearim is located just a few minutes walk from the busy center of Jerusalem, where cafes, restaurants and pubs are populated by young locals and tourists. Despite the small distance, a visit to the neighborhood might feel like a travel in time, and during Purim celebrations, everything becomes so much more different and distant.