Celebrating Purim

Observers of the Jewish faith around the world celebrated the holiday of Purim February 23-24 by giving gifts of food and drink and wearing costumes.

West Bank Settlers Celebrate Purim

UNSPECIFIED, WEST BANK - FEBRUARY 24: (ISRAEL OUT) Jewish settlers wear costumes as they celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim February 24, 2013 at the settlement outpost of Havat Gilad, West Bank. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as described in the Book of Esther. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)Ê (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Celebrations For Jewish Holiday Purim

BEIT SHEMESH, ISRAEL - FEBRUARY 24: (ISRAEL OUT) Ultra-Orthodox Jews from the Lelov Hasidic sect gather around their rabbi as they celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim on February 24, 2013 in Beit Shemesh, Israel. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as described in the Book of Esther. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

West Bank Settlers Celebrate Purim

HAVAT GILAD, WEST BANK - FEBRUARY 24: (ISRAEL OUT) Jewish settlers wear costumes as they celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim February 24, 2013 at the settlement outpost of Havat Gilad, West Bank. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as described in the Book of Esther. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)Ê

Celebrations For Jewish Holiday Purim

BEIT SHEMESH, ISRAEL - FEBRUARY 24: (ISRAEL OUT) Ultra-Orthodox Jews from the Lelov Hasidic sect, celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim on February 24, 2013 in Beit Shemesh, Israel. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as described in the Book of Esther. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

West Bank Settlers Celebrate Purim

HAVAT GILAD, WEST BANK - FEBRUARY 24: (ISRAEL OUT) A Jewish settlers wears a costume as he drinks wine as settlers celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim February 24, 2013 at the settlement outpost of Havat Gilad, West Bank. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as described in the Book of Esther. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)Ê

West Bank Settlers Celebrate Purim

HAVAT GILAD, WEST BANK - FEBRUARY 24: (ISRAEL OUT) A Jewish settler plays with his baby as settlers celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim February 24, 2013 at the settlement outpost of Havat Gilad, West Bank. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as described in the Book of Esther. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)Ê

West Bank Settlers Celebrate Purim

HAVAT GILAD, WEST BANK - FEBRUARY 24: (ISRAEL OUT) A Jewish settler wears a costume and plays with fireworks as settlers celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim February 24, 2013 at the settlement outpost of Havat Gilad, West Bank. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as described in the Book of Esther. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)Ê