The global party circuit is, for those in the know, full of underrated events. The fire of Valencia’s Las Fallas over the bulls of Pamplona’s San Fermin; Trinidad’s Carnival over Rio’s Carnival; Jazzfest over Mardi Gras in New Orleans; and so on.  Arguably the most sneakily overlooked, though, is Purim in Tel Aviv—aka “Jewish Halloween.”

Held every spring, usually in March, the event in recent years has turned into a days-long bacchanal of endless raves and street bashes, costumes and color.  Even in a city already known for its pulsating nightlife, Tel Aviv during Purim is something else, a party apart, the highlight of the social calendar.  This year’s happening, mercifully concluded this past weekend, was no exception.  Under clear blue Mediterranean skies, Tel Aviv put on a show—as befitting the only Jewish holiday that has drink at its center.

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