Purim on Sunday, was a beautiful day
in Jerusalem, Israel,
with blue skies and mild temperatures,
children were playing in the Teddy Park Fountain.
Larger than life figures waved from on top
of the walls of the Tower of David.
Down below on the streets it was hard to tell
who was in costume and who was not.
In Mamilla Mall, little princesses
appreciated the music man.
While this princess appreciated having her photo taken,
I also liked the folks sitting in the background,
costume or not costume?
One double costumed couple entered Mamilla Mall.
Little people in costumes were ready for activities,
like at this spot located on Jaffa Road.
The Mamilla Mall balloon lady was in costume,
or was this her regular outfit?
Balloons filled Mamilla Mall,
and other shopping malls also held special activities for Purim.
Another Purim in Jerusalem favorite are
the store window displays with masked mannequins.
But there is more to Purim than dress up,
money is collected and delivered to the poor.
Costume or not costume at this synagogue?
Children are part of Purim celebrations.
Now there here is a hard job,
try judging a children’s costume contest,
this sad faced mime won.
A few more of my favorites,
best dressed family group,
and best Purim hair.
It is Purim hair, right?
Best not secret anymore Russian agents.
Thousands read Megillat Esther Sunday night,
and after hearing the story of Esther in ancient Persia,
attended parties until the wee hours.
Monday, was Shushan Purim, the official day to
celebrate in Jerusalem, Israel.
A large carnival was planned for Kikar Safra,
Safra Square, by the Jerusalem city hall,
First Station was starting the day with a
community megillah reading and more celebrations.
Zazza on Azza again had megillah readings all day.
It rained on and off,
all day on Monday, Shushan Purim.
A large party was also planned on Ben Yehudah Mall.
The weather this year for Shushan Purim,
was cold and wet, weather for coats and boots.
I spent most of time trying to stay dry while delivering
mishloah manot, gifts of food, and going out to eat,
others also stayed away from usual outdoor celebrations.
Oh well, until next year, one last time,