On Monday Shushan Purim schools were closed,
the Jerusalem Theater had a special musical program;
the Purim songs were loud and lively, the entertainers tried their best,
but at times there were more tall people than short people in the lobby.
The busy streets of Jerusalem were quieter than usual, as many businesses were closed, and the rainy weather kept people indoors. It was hard to guess how many late night party-goers were off to a slow start on Shushan Purim.
A major afternoon celebration was organized at the new Mamilla Mall,
next to the Old City.
Street entertainers were popular with the crowd.
If you look above the street,
you’ll see that Peter Pan traded in his regular hat for a warmer one.
Photographers were trying to capture the moment.
It was a great day for hot chocolate or coffee.
Ben Yehudah Street had its share of people for celebrations
and a bit of smoke from firecrackers.
Machane Yehudah Market, the shuk,
as always, had its share of colorful customers.
There were some scary looking
characters on the sreets,
but for the most part…
the day was about princesses and butterflies, color,
and of course, hats.
Rosh Chodesh Adar 5773, updated for Purim 2013