Weddings & Celebrations

Photo Essay on the Feast of St. George, 2006 (16) Odd Corners of the Monastery Courtyard

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 11.05.2006:


Who could pass up the chance for a guided tour of some of the less explored corners of St. George's Monastery in Al Khader? Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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Photo Essay on Feast of St. George, 2006 (19)Unused Room

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 11.05.2006:


This unused storeroom in the St. George complex in El Khader is one of several which Shibibet el Khader, a group of youngsters from neighboring Beit Jala would like to see renovated for use as a community center which will help them keep alive the traditions revolving around the church. Original Content Cre(...)

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Photo Essay on the Feast of St. George, 2006 (17) Ancient Container in Storeroom

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 11.05.2006:


This intriguing container, its venerable age almost palpable, was just one of a number of articles in the storeroom off a courtyard of the St. George complex, filled with old agricultural implements, heaps of candles, and unidentifiable objects. Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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Photo Essay on Feast of St. George, 2006 (18)Vat of Candles in the Storeroom

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 11.05.2006:


This vat of candles was one of the curious items found in a seldom-visited corner of the St. George's complex. Closeby were similar candles piled on the floor. Original Content Creator: Leyla Zuaiter

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Braided Girl Singing and Dancing at Leilit il Henna in Artas

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 23.01.2006:


The bride may no longer be mounted on a camel or carry her wedding chest to her new home, but traces of the old ways continue, as in Leilit il Henna. The social customs and considerations involved in selecting a marriage partner, as well as the customs attendant at the wedding were vividly described by Hilma(...)

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Mixing the Henna in Beit Sahur

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 23.01.2006:


The richly embroidered sleeves of the women radiate from the henna pot.If Leilit il Henna has stopped being observed in many towns and cities, the tradition is still kept up in Beit Sahour. However, even here the bride-to-be declined to actually have the patterns drawn on her hands. Original Content Creator(...)

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