Weddings & Celebrations

Photo Essay on the Feast of St. George (6)Cart of Termos

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 12.05.2006:


A young man stops for a treat of termos, a tasty snack of yellow pulses,in the street outside the church of St. George in El Khader on his feast day. Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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Photo Essay on the Feast of St. George, 2006 (7)Street Scene

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 12.05.2006:


The crowds are thick at the entrance to the monastery, as those entering squeeze past those leaving. Unseen here are the young boy scouts passing out cards bearing the image of St. George on horseback, offering a transition from the festivities of the street to the more solemn air within the church. Origina(...)

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Photo Essay Feast of St. George, 2006 (8)Plaque of St. George above Toy Display

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 11.05.2006:


A plaque of St. George on horseback graces a wall outside the church, providing a nice background for the toy display. Such plaques are frequently found on houses in the Bethlehem district. Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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Photo Essay on the Feast of St. George 2006 (9) Stamped Bread

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 11.05.2006:


One of the first sights to greet us on entering the church was this pleasing display of bread stamped with St. George on horseback. Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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Photo Essay on The Feast of St. George 2006 (10) Lighting Candles (1)

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 11.05.2006:


This couple adds their candles to those already burning at Church of St. George in the village of El Khader on his feast day. Does it not resemble a birthday cake? Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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Photo Essay on the Feast of St. George 2006 (11) Lighting Candles ( 2)

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 11.05.2006:


This woman lights candles at the Church of St. George on his feast day in the richly ornamented Church named after him in the Muslim village of El Khader, near Bethlehem. Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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Photo Essay on the Feast of St. George 2006 (12) Passing St. George’s Bridle Over the Body

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 11.05.2006:


Seeking St. George's protection,this Muslim woman passes the bridle of St. George's horse over her head, passing it down over her body and stepping out of it, as if out of a dress.She later does the same for her daughter. Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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Photo Essay on the Feast of St. George 2006 (13) Mental Hospital at St. George’s Monastery

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 11.05.2006:


One of St. George's many attributes is as protector of the mentally disturbed. These unfortunates, believed to be possessed by demons, used to be shackled in the courtyard and left to the mercies of the elements. One story has it that when people came to check on them, they would find that they had broken th(...)

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Photo Essay on the Feast of St. George 2006 (14) Fullfilling a Vow

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 11.05.2006:


Only the feet of the man causing this sheep to be sacrificed are visible, as he proudly and happily surveys the progress. Separated from his wife for over five years due to refusal of the authorities to allow her into the country, he had vowed to make this sacrifice if she received the necessary permit. The (...)

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Photo Essay at the Feast of St. George, 2006 (15) Monastery Courtyard

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 11.05.2006:


Far from the lively scene in the narrow street outside the church, and the more solemn atmosphere inside the church itself, this courtyard at St. George's Monastery provides a tranquil, cool haven to the occasional visitor. Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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