The tale of Purim takes place in ancient Persia. Queen Esther, secretly Jewish, is the savior of the Jewish people. At the urging of her cousin, Mordechai, she reveals the evil plot to eradicate all the Jews in the land by the King’s advisor, Haman. As an ode to the heroes of the tale, a plethora of Queen Esthers march along the streets every year on the way to school.
The older crowd dresses up in a myriad of costumes; from the famous Black Swan, Batman’s Ivy, and vampires, to fairies or zombies. The countless selection of costumes are being constantly revamped, excuse the pun, to make up characters.
Sometimes, all you need is just a made up face and the whole costume comes to life. There are plenty of makeup artists in the city ready to transform you, including Ela Ran, who specializes in theatrical makeup especially for Purim; her favorite being the golden skull design. If creating a look at home is more your stye, makeup kits are available in any costume shop in the city, and everyday makeup already found at home can of course also be manipulated to create quite the guise.
Israelis love a reason to party, day or night, and Purim is no exception, especially when it is a mitzvah to drink. Many bars and restaurants are adorned with festive decorations, house parties are in abundance, and the yearly Adloyada Purim Parade takes place.
If makeup as a costume sounds like straying too far from tradition, there are pop-up costume shops all over Tel Aviv, like boo Purim, the countless stores up and down Kfar Gil’adi Street, and Brurya in Dizengoff Center.