JERUSALEM (Mar. 11)
While the remainder of Israel wound up Purim celebrations last night, residents of Jerusalem began the observance of the holiday marking the defeat of Haman in the ancient Persian kingdom of Ahasuerus. Jerusalem follows the tradition of ancient “walled cities” in celebrating Purim on the 15th of Adar instead of on the 14th in all other places.
The highlights of today’s festivities here were the “March of Disguises” in which some 1,500 schoolchildren participated, and a costume contest in the city’s Biblical Zoo,