Your Guide to Jerusalem Events in Spring 2020

Jerusalem is an ancient city, and as you would expect, it balances its fascinating past with its inspiring present. The city is not short of cultural and historical attractions with everything together within a compact area. You can comfortably explore everything on foot. However, the spring is almost here as the blossom trees and their sweet scent become more evident. You can tell the sunnier days are just around the corner. As we draw closer to the spring season, it’s only natural to get ourselves adequately prepared to enjoy the Jerusalem outdoors.

However, before all the fun starts, finding a place to stay is just as important. In as much as you want to enjoy yourself, you need somewhere you can relax after a long day or when you don’t have somewhere to go. It would be best if you book one of Dan hotels in Jerusalem, where you can relax comfortably. The Dan Jerusalem, for example, include an outdoor pool, a spa, and spacious rooms. The hotel is set on the slopes of Mount Scopus close to the light rail. It is an excellent place to stay while in Jerusalem, especially during the winter.

So, once you’ve secured a place to stay, the following are some events you should be looking forward to this spring.

Jerusalem Marathon

This spring, everyone is looking forward to the ninth Jerusalem Marathon. Its unique setting provides a running track which is varied in its terrains and narrates the story of the entire city. Within the marathon, you get to enjoy some fantastic views and diffuse some of the unique cultures of Jerusalem. The best thing about this marathon is that it is divided into three categories; full marathon, half marathon and a 10km run. There’s something for almost everyone in one of the best ways to see and enjoy a unique city.

Harucon Convention

The convention is set to be held at the international convention centre in Jerusalem. It attracts people from all over the world and has come to be recognized as one of the best events of spring. Being a well-known convention, it features lectures, workshops, independent and commercial stands, panels, movie screenings and cosplay competition, among others. It’s an excellent convention that has a lot to offer for almost everyone.

Ramparts walk

Ramparts walk, atop the grand Old City walls that were built by Sultan Suleiman the magnificent, is exciting when the days are bright and mild due to the warm weather of spring. The best thing about this walk is that you get a chance to peek into the day-to-day life and the hustle and bustle of the old city. From here, you get the opportunity to enjoy amazing views of the charming neighbourhood of west Jerusalem, Judean Desert, and Yemin Moshe. This place is worth your time and gives you some memories that won’t fade away anytime soon.  Be sure to bring a camera along to capture an interesting perspective that this walk always has to offer.

Spring presents several activities and events to engage in while in Jerusalem. Just make sure you choose something that you will enjoy and make great memories with. If possible, bring a camera with you to capture every moment you spend in this unique city. Also, take your time in choosing the best place to stay to ensure you don’t face some challenges along the way. Your comfort should come above everything else.

Your Guide To ‘The Purim Festival’ in Israel

The Purim festival is on of Israel’s most widely celebrated festival, this is a deeply important festival in the Jewish calendar and today we are going to take a look at why the festival holds such importance, and how it is celebrated.

The Significance of the Celebration

If possible, we will try to break the history of the celebration down in a nutshell. At its most basic level, this festival is to celebrate the survival of the Jewish people after a decree was issued by the King in the 4th Century BC to kill all of the Jews.

King Ahasuerus was the ruler of Persia during this time and when his wife, Queen Vashti disobeyed his orders, he had her executed. During a kind of beauty pageant to search for his next wife, he decided upon a Jewish girl named Esther who would become the new Queen, she never divulged her religious beliefs.

There was a man named Haman, an anti-Semite who rose to become the Prime Minster of the Empire and in one incident, the leader of the Jews, Mordechai, also the cousin of Esther, refused to bow to the Prime Minister because of his hatred for the Jews. Enraged and embarrassed, the Haman convinced the King to issue a decree that all Jews would be killed on the 13th day of the Adar – Interestingly this is where the name Purim or ‘lots’ comes from as the day was chosen by way of a lottery.

The Jews gathered behind Mordechai and Esther revealed her identity to both Haman and the King during a feast. The King reneged on the decree, had Haman killed and put Mordecai in his place as the Prime Minister. On the 14th day of the Adar, the Jews feasted like never before.

How it is Celebrated

To this day the Jews celebrate this festival on the 14th day of the Adar and there are 4 keys to how they celebrate

Hear the Megillah

Jews head to synagogues all over Israel to hear the Megillah ( The book of Esther ) which tells the story of the Purim. When the name Haman is mentioned, it is customary that the Jews stamp their feet to eradicate his name

Give to Those in Need

Jewish unity is a key theme here and during the celebrations for Purim it is customary to give to the needs. Jews must give food or money to at least 2 people during daylight hours and they must place at least 2 coins in a collection box.

Send Food for Friends

The importance of togetherness and friendship is marked by sending food gifts to friends. Men send food to men and women to women and the food packages must contain at least two food items.

Feast

What better way to celebrate survival than to feast, and that is exactly what happens during Purim. The table should be well decorated and the food be plentiful as the Jewish people celebrate with friends and family in a great feast.  Songs from the Torah are sung as they enjoy various meats and wines.

This sis the biggest festival in the Jewish calendar and if you are in Israel during this time then you can expect to see some grand celebrations.