Feast of St. George, Al-Khader

Author: TEI Staff


The Feast of Saint George (also called al-Khader) is a Palestinian holiday commemorating Saint George, known as Mar Jiries or Jirjis and al-Khader, in Palestinian Arabic.

The feast occurs annually on 5 May, and although it is originally a local Christian holiday, both Palestinian Christians and Muslims participate. The feast is held in the Palestinian town of al-Khader, just south of Bethlehem, in the church of St. George.

(Photos: Nizar M. Halloun/Tantur Ecumenical Institute)