Purim Carnival in gay Tel Aviv

Published Date Author: , February 2nd, 2014

One of the most fun, happy, colorful times in Israel is when Purim carnival is on; it’s when the only Mitzvah (command) is to be happy, joyful, and drunk.

The origins of Purim are commenced way back, in ancient times, at the great Persian Empire, when Haman the evil (The Persian King’s secretary) had a master plan of annihilating the entire Jewish people living in the Persian Empire. He held a lot, (in Hebrew- PUR- therefore the name of the holiday) in which was decided that this mass murder shall happen in 13 of Nissan (Jewish month). Luckily, the vicious plan was thwarted by Mordechai and Esther the braves, turning Ester to the queen of Persia.

Ever since, on each 13 of Nissan (according to the Jewish calendar, that’s why each year the dates are different, but it’s always somewhere around March), Jewish people, from all around the world, celebrate the happy ending of that plot while practicing the main traditional customs: exchanging Mishloah Manot (food presents), dressing up in fine, funny costumes, reading the Megillah (the Biblical book where the story was recorded), and basically, partying, drinking and eating for 3 entire days.


 You can only imagine, therefore, how fun it is to be in gay Tel Aviv during that time! The city get overcrowded with thousands of people in disguise, there are even more parties than usual, including a street masquerade, and a gay infamous after party (starting at noon till very late in the night) by Shirazi – Tel Aviv gay nightlife scene’s king, to which you must dress up in order to get in (and yes, it’s even wilder than you think), everyone is cheerful and happy, and for 3 entire days, the city gets a magical vibe and atmosphere, giving you, and all the rest, a chance to be whoever they want to be.

 Considering the fact that the Israeli climate is relatively comfortable all year’s round, and that there’s not a real winter in here, Purim time (this year it will be celebrated on March 13-17) can be a great break from the cold European or American winter, in which you can stay at one of the many gay hotels in Tel Aviv and enjoy this colorful, happy, time in the city. There’s even a slight chance of catching some sun!

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