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A Prelude to the Purim Carnival

Brazil is celebrating its renowned Rio Carnival this week. It’s a gigantic festival of dance, costumes, and music, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all around the world. At the same time, just across the Western border, Bolivia is also celebrating its very own Carnaval de Oruro. Two South American nations are competing for attention, but my friends, the true carnival is yet to come….

Mark your calendars: The Purim Carnival (“Had Lo Yada”) in Holon is happening in less than two weeks from now, on Tuesday, March 10, starting at twelve o’clock in the noon.

4,000 performers will take on the main streets of Holon, accompanied by large and colorful displays of animals and politicians, including US President Barack Obama, and Israeli President Shimon Peres! It is the biggest Purim celebration in Israel, and one that has become a favorite tradition. So prepare your costumes, dress up your family and friends, and go out to celebrate this Purim in the sunny streets of Holon.

Hanukkah is the kids’ holiday

Ahh, it’s so much fun to be a kid in Hanukkah. You get a lengthy vacation from school. Your parents actually encourage you to eat doughnuts and chocolate coins. And there’s plenty of shows to drag mommy and daddy to.

This year 3 different “singing competitions” compete for the kids’ attention. The traditional “Festigal”, a newer “Festival” that aims to restore past glory, and another show by the cables’ “Hop” channel.

Here’s a teaser for the Festival:

Succot Festivals – Quick Guide

Succot has always been a festive holiday, but this year it is truly the holiday of festivals. Here’s a very partial list:

Yotvata — a Kibbutz near Eilat, and home of the best chocolate milk in Israel — is hosting a festival of flying balloons in the desert.

Shanti lovers have 3 different festivals to choose from this year: Sagol (“purple”) in the coastal plane, Zorba the Buddha in the south, and Bereshit (“genesis”) in the north.

Are you looking for music? In-di-Negev is a whole weekend of alternative music, happening for the second time this year in the Negev desert. The Guitar Festival is the place to go if you enjoy jamming near the campfire. And if you want to enjoy quality performances by big-name mainstream artists, the Tamar Festival (“palm festival”) is offering just that.

Still want more? Well-established sci-fi festival Icon is drawing geeks from across the universe, who arrive to congregate at the Cinemateque in Tel Aviv.

And what about the kids? The Virtuoso Festival in Jerusalem (happening today and tomorrow) offers a mishmash of circus performances for only 20 Shekels.

With so much to do, and such great weather, please, please, don’t stay at home! 🙂

Biggest Slumber Party

August is the month of festivals. Cellcom Volume is taking place right now on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. There’s a festival of Street Performers in Bat-Yam, another music festival in Holon, and so on and so forth.

Tonight comes the kids’ turn. The Tel Aviv municipality is holding a huge slumber party for kids in Park Ha’Yarkon this evening (Thursday, August 28). There will be lots of performances, a pyjama contest, a yawning contest, and several playgrounds.

Should be fun, and a good way to unwind before the school year returns next week.

Tel Aviv Slumber Party

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