Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

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Jewish children take to the streets of Brooklyn dressed us cowboys, superheroes, pilgrims, and furry lions to celebrate the traditional festival of Purim

  • Jews across New York City celebrated Purim this week, which started on Wednesday and ended Thursday
  • The ancient holiday is celebrated on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar
  • It celebrates the bravery of Queen Esther who saved the Jewish people from being murdered in ancient Persia
  • To celebrate parents and children headed to synagogue for retellings of the story behind the holiday
  • Children are encouraged to wear costumes for the holiday and kids were spotted posing as princesses, stuffed animals, cowboys, pirates, and even bags of popcorn
  • Many were gifted money and had bags of treats to share with their friends
  • The most popular snack in the holiday is a traditional triangle-shaped cookie called Humentaschen

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New York City[2] Jewish families across all boroughs gathered at their local synagogues to celebrate Purim in a stunning spectacle where children took to the streets dressed up in adorable costumes while holding onto bags of sweets to share with friends.

The ancient holiday is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month Adar and celebrates the bravery of Queen Esther who saved the Jewish people from being murdered and persecuted in ancient Persia.

The holiday started on Wednesday and continued into Thursday evening.

Excited parents and children were spotted in Brooklyn dressed up for the special holiday as cowboys, princesses, and mad scientists as they headed to synagogue for parties and prayer services.

Jews across New York City celebrated the traditional festival of Purim this week, which started on Wednesday and ended Thursday evening

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

The evening before Purim the Jewish people fast.

Then on Purim there is a grand feast, children dress in costumes and exchange sweets, and all gather at synagogues for to hear the ancient story of Queen Esther

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

Children braved the rain on Thursday to dress up in fun costumes like this boy dressed as a mad scientist

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

This vibrant trio was spotted in Brooklyn on Thursday dressed as a pineapple, strawberry and a cheerful clown

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

All smiles here!

These two little boys couldn't contain their excitement and went all out with their costumes as a frightening pirate and a gleeful cowboy from the Wild West

With them, many kids clutched bags of chocolates and sweets like Humentaschen, a traditional cookie shaped like a triangle and stuffed with different kids of fillings.

Some lucky kids were seen holding money in their hands as they headed out.

Adults joined the fun, dressed in Wild West inspired costumes, sailors, and superheros characters like Deadpool.

The celebration commemorates the first time a government sought to kill the Jewish people in ancient Persia, a cruel agenda led by Haman, the evil adviser to the Persian King.

Queen Esther intervened and saved her people from genocide.

Services and celebrations for the holiday typically include congregating at local synagogues for retellings of the ancient story.

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

Strike a pose: Adults joined in the costume fun as well to mark Purim, a jolly festival for the Jewish people

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

Mini me!

A proud father dressed as an officer and his son dressed as a cop saluted cameras as they walked through Brooklyn on Thursday

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

Families were seen walking to synagogue with presents and in fun costumes for the special holiday

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

Lion, tigers and bears - oh my!

These sweet kids were dressed up in furry tiger and lion costumes on Thursday

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

A little bride struggled to keep up with her family in her extravagant wedding costume, complete with a veil

The evening before Purim, Jewish people do not typically eat or drink, but during the festival they enjoy a lavish feast and wine.

Last year in Brooklyn many political costumes took over the streets, most poking fun at President Donald Trump.

This year was more calm and playful, with kids dressing up in stuffed animal costumes, as robots, and pilgrims.

A more startling scene spotted in Borough Park, Brooklyn was a stuffed man hanging from a rope suspended over a busy street, dressed with a long beard and mustache.

Though shocking, the man is supposed to represent evil adviser Haman, who was killed by hanging for his plot to commit a mass massacre against the Jews.

According to the tale, Haman's ears were cut off as a part of his punishment. The cookies eaten on Purim, called Humentaschen, translate to 'ears of Haman'.

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

In Borough Park, Brooklyn a stuffed man was seen suspended from a rope.

He represents the evil adviser Haman, who advised the king to commit genocide against the Jewish people in ancient Persia. Queen Esther stepped in and stopped the plot, saving the Jewish people, which they commemorate each year with the festival of Purim

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

Residents of the Jewish neighborhood were unphased by the stark stuffed hanging man. Evil adviser Haman was killed by hanging after his plot to kill the Jewish people was foiled

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

Thumbs up! These boys gave a cheeky thumbs up to photographers amid the craziness of Purim on Thusday

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

These little boys dressed up as Navy SEAL officers and pirates for the festival on Thursday in New York

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

A princess and her prince! This family couldn't wait to get to synagogue for the special celebration Thursday

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

Costume and comfort!

These guys dressed as sharks while keeping comfy and dry in their plush onsies

Jewish children flood the streets of Brooklyn in colorful costumes for Purim

This little boy strutted down the streets in his genius homemade popcorn costume, complete with a popcorn covered cap

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