Purim commemorates the time when Jewish people living in the ancient Persian Empire were saved from extermination, a story recorded in the biblical Book of Esther. It is celebrated annually on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, the day following the victory of the Jews over their enemies. The word "Purim" means "lots" and refers to the lottery that Haman used to choose the date for the massacre.

These pictures were taken in 2012 at Stamford Hill district (London), home to Europe’s largest Hasidic and Adeni Jewish community.

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