Festivities, Holidays and Traditions in Jersusalem
PurimIn March there is this holiday, Purim, which is basically reading the story in the Book of Esther wearing masks and fancy dresses, but also exchanging gifts, and of course a festive meal with some cookies called hamantaschen.
PassoverThe Passover or Pesach is a celebration of the freedom of the Jews from the slavery in Egypt. Usually it happens in April and people celebrate it with a meal called seder and reading parts of the book Hagadah and matzah.
Lag B’omerHappening 33 days after the passover, it conmemorates the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and also the Bar Kokhba revolt against the Roman Empire. You’ll find bonfires and barbacues, people celebrating and festing.
Muslim holidaysYou can also experience while in Jerusalem some Muslim holidays. In the Eastern part of the city is where most of the Muslim population lives. Most of them celebrate the month-long fast of Ramadan, and also the culmination of it, the three-day celebration Eid ul-Fitr. But you can also find other Muslim experiences like the Laylat al-Miraj, Eid Al-Adha, Ashura and the Islamic New Year.