There is something special about the celebration of every Jewish holiday in Israel, and Purim is no exception. It's become a tradition to hold a giant parade, called Adloyadah, in major cities in Israel. Find out more about the Adloyadah and other elements of Purim in Israel below.
What is Adloyadah?
Adloyadah (עַדְלָיָדַע, from the Aramaic עַד דְּלָא יָדַע) is the name of Israel's Purim parades. It is derived from the rabbinic saying (Meg. 7b) that one should revel on Purim until one no longer knows (ad de'lo yadah) the difference between "Blessed be Mordecai" and "Cursed be Haman." The first Adloyadah was held in Tel Aviv in 1912 and spread to other communities in Israel. It is celebrated by carnival processions with decorated floats through the main streets, accompanied by bands.
While many cities in Israel celebrate Purim with an Adloyadah, the largest Purim parade in Israel takes place every year in Holon. Thousands of marchers participate in the parade, which has a different theme every year. The marchers include Holon’s schoolchildren, students in various classes at the city’s community centers and sports and cultural centers; groups of gymnasts, acrobats and jugglers; dance troupes and musical ensembles; street theater groups, and, of course, the enormous colorful floats. Guests from all over Israel and even from abroad come to march in the Adloyadah.
The Adloyadah winds its way through Holon’s main streets in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators of all ages. Usually the parade ends with a performance and a colorful and particularly merry street party at the plaza in front of the municipality. From the end of the Adloyadah until after Purim, the Adloyadah floats remain on display at the Mediatheque Plaza for the enjoyment of onlookers.
Adloyadah themes have included: “The Children of the World Make Peace” (highlighing beloved characters from children’s literature and biblical figures), "Easy on the Environment” (reflecting protection of the environment and natural resources), and "Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Children’s Museum" (emphasizing tolerance and respect for others).
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