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Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated in Israel

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination.

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People dress up as they take part in celebrations ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim outside the Bialik Rogozin school in south Tel Aviv March 18, 2011. The school, where children of migrant workers and refugees from 48 states learn alongside native Israelis, was recently featured in a short documentary which won an Oscar.

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Students dress up as they celebrate ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim at the Bialik Rogozin school in south Tel Aviv on March 18, 2011.

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Israelis and children born in the Jewish state from illegal immigrants, attend a Purim parade to celebrate the Jewish holiday on March 18, 2011 in Tel Aviv.

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People dressed as zombies take part in the annual zombie parade ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on March 17, 2011.

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An African worker poses for a photograph during a Purim parade in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, March 18, 2011.