It is August and this means its time for the Jerusalem BALABASTA. The name of the event may sound crazy but what it basically means is a huge cultural event in the middle of the Machane Yehudah Market.
Organized by the Municipality and boycotted by the Edah HaCharedit (to much Pritzut - immorality). Many stand owners hate the event because thousands of visitors from all over the country are coming to the market but hardly anyone is buying. Who wants to schlepp around apples or water melon when it is party time ?
In Hebrew, a BASTA is a market stand. The BALABASTA is taking place every Sunday evening (until midnight) at the Machane Yehudah Market. Jugglers, clowns, bands, attraction for children, anything you can imagine. Its a nice event and not that dirty (as the Edah claims) but it is definitely too crowded.
Nevertheless, here are some pictures from yesterday's BALABASTA. Those who missed it, next Sunday will be another event.
Oh, I almost forgot: No entrance fee !!!
The Lubavitcher (Chabad) Chassidim are everywhere. Even at the BALABASTA.
A funny show with laundry
Photos: Miriam Woelke