Superheroes Star at Israel's Purim Celebrations

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On Monday Jews around the world celebrated Purim - a holiday of masks and disguises. Our correspondent in Israel reveals the most popular costumes this year.

Thousands of people gathered at Jerusalem's luxurious Mamila shopping center to celebrate Purim - a holiday of carnivals and masquerades.

According to the Hebrew Bible Book of Esther, on this day, in the Persian Empire, at around 500. B.C, Jews were saved from extermination. As the story goes, Haman, the Persian King's adviser, plotted to kill the Jews, but they were rescued by Queen Esther and Mordecai - the King's Jewish adviser.

The custom to masquerade is rooted in the belief that during the events depicted in the Book of Esther, God disguised his presence.

And since Purim is also a day of charity and offering donations to the poor, wearing a disguise can make both donor and recipient feel more comfortable.

But undoubtedly, the children enjoy the holiday more than anyone else.

[Topaz Abramov]:
"I wear a costume of a Flamenco dancer, because many kids wear this costume, and also because I saw many Flamenco dancers
on T.V."

[Lilach Matas]:
"I wear a costume of a Japanese woman. At the beginning I didn't know what costume I was going to wear, but then my Grandmother showed me this Kimono and told me it is a real Kimono which is 50 years old, and she also said that she wore this same Kimono costume when she was a little girl. So I told her that I will wear that costume too, and that's what I did."

[Sagi Matas]:
"I wear a costume of Danny Deen - the invisible boy, because I love reading books, and there is one book called Danny Deen, which I read, and it got me excited, so I decided to wear that costume because I love that character."

Yarden Salari dreams of becoming an air hostess.