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Middle East

In Pictures: Jewish festival of Purim

The Independent picture desk selects the best images from the festival

The religious festival of Purim, which ends tonight, commemorates the deliverance of Jewish people living in Persia as recounted in the Book of Esther.

Click HERE or on the gallery above to see images selected by Associate Picture Editor Ivy Lahon

Customs include: sending food parcels and giving to charity, dressing up in masks and costumes, eating a festive meal, and public celebration.