Street Carnival in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv's answer to the Rio Carnival, the Jewish festival of Purim is one huge fancy-dress street party. Depending on when Purim falls in late February or early March, it's usually held on the Friday nearest to the festival. The location changes, but recently Kikar HaMedina and Florentin have held large outdoor parties with DJs and thousands of revellers.

Expect to see people dressed up as anything from Batman to the Smurfs, plus a fair share of cowboys and cowgirls. Purim is also one of the biggest festivals for children who love dressing up and going out on the streets and parks in their costumes. Holon, to the south of Tel Aviv, holds the country's biggest Purim parade for families.