by Rachel Oakley in New Events on Saturday 22 March 2014

Purim is the Jewish holiday that commemorates the ‘deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire where a plot had been formed to destroy them’. Or in former Hasidic Baruch Herzfeld’s words, it’s ‘the only time of the year when they are really allowed to smile and have fun, and when it’s warm enough to go outside but still cold enough that their multilayered, 18th-century underwear and top layers don’t make them itch and sweat and stink from every orifice’.

These photos show the costumed community in full celebration (one child sporting a rather offensive ‘blackface‘), because there’s nothing like commemorating an evil death plot than by dressing up in costume and partying.

Via Vice