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Orthodox Christians in Lydda Celebrate St.George

Thousands of orthodox Christians arrived in Lydda City in Israel during the weekend, to hold celebrations in memory of Saint George.Legend says Saint George fought and won a ferocious battle with a dragon.Traditionally, the dragon symbolized paganism and the erroneous faith of man, and by eliminating the beast, Saint George is said to have validated righteous faith.Saint George was born in Lydda in the second half of the third century A.D. and grew up in the British Isles.After his father died, he returned with his mother to his birthplace, where he was later buried.The Roman emperor, Diocletian, put Saint George to death as a traitor when he refused to offer sacrifice to the Roman gods and to oppress the Christians.Saint George's celebration has become a local tradition—eating mutton is one custom, another is to go down into the crypt where Saint George is said to be buried.Opposite the church entrance, there is an engraving of Saint George slaying the dragon with his spear.The ceremony includes processions and youth orchestras, with participants gathering from across the country.Reporter:Janet Zrian Photographer:Michel Ash NTD News, Israel.For more news and videos visit ➡‬Follow us on Twitter ➡‬Add us on Facebook ➡

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