Plarium’s Israel Studio has recently celebrated Purim – a holiday that might seem a little bit similar to Halloween at first. It is true that there are some similarities, but this Jewish holiday has its own unique and engaging peculiarities.

The name of the holiday is the Akkadian word for “lots.” 2,400 years ago, Haman, a cruel minister of the ancient Persian Empire, cast lots to decide on his plan to exterminate the Jews of Persia.

His plans failed, and to commemorate the salvation of the Jewish people the Purim holiday was established.

The traditions of the holiday include carnival processions and theatrical shows. Purim is the only time of the year men are allowed to wear dresses, and women are allowed to dress like men as well.

At Plarium HQ, the holiday was celebrated with colorful costumes and wild rock-n-roll fun: