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Want to See What Israel’s Burning Man Looks Like?

Israel’s answer to , the quirky, sustainable ‘Midburn’ (a play on the Hebrew word for desert ‘midbar’), took place last week, despite conflicts with Israeli police, who threatened to cancel the event.

For five days, thousands of Israelis lived in temporary structures, exchanged gifts, wore their shortest and most flamboyant clothes and partied in the Negev near the Sde Boker kibbutz.

According to the festival’s Facebook page, some people waited for up to 7 hours in their cars to get into Midburn. But judging by these pictures, it was a resounding success.

A psychedelic love nest?

Image by Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Hasidim scarecrows!

Image by Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Image by Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

Image by Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Image by Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Image by Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

The Israeli version of Avatar?

Image by Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

We don’t know where this guy is going, but we’d like to hitch a ride with him!

Image by Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

So, Midburn 2016, anyone?

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