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Man dressed as Aladdin rides 'magic carpet' down street in Israel

By Daniel Uria   |   March 23, 2016 at 4:17 PM

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 23 (UPI) -- A man was spotted gliding along the streets of Israel on a homemade "magic carpet" while dressed as Aladdin in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim.

Motorcyclist Aviad Rosenfeld shared video of the man to Facebook as he marveled at the strange sight.

"You won't believe me, but I just saw Aladdin pass by on his carpet on Allenby Street," he wrote in Hebrew.

The man can be seen dressed in full Aladdin garb, including a purple vest, red fez and slightly tattered white pants. A small device can also be seen in his hand, which appears to be used to control the skateboard-like magic carpet.

Dressing up in costumes is a part of the annual celebration of Purim, which began on Wednesday, March 23 and will continue until March 24.

According to Chabad.org, the costumes represent how God's work in the events of Purim were disguised by natural events. Other aspects of the celebration of Purim include handing out food and gifts to friends and family, a feast and special prayers.

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