My Gram was everything I wanted to be as a person — She was my hero.
These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Yolande Knell As England celebrates the day of its patron saint, many Palestinians are gearing up for their own forthcoming celebrations of the figure they also regard as a hero.
A familiar flag flaps in the wind above a Palestinian church in the West Bank village of al-Khadr. The red cross on a white background has been associated with Saint George since the time of the Crusades. It is the national flag of England and is also used as an emblem by other countries and cities that have adopted him as their own patron saint.
However, Palestinians have particular reason to display the symbol and revere the early Christian martyr.
For them he is a local hero who opposed the persecution of his fellow Christians in the Holy Land. Image copyright Yolande Knell Image caption The St George's flag flies above a Palestinian church "By making sacrifices for his faith he was able to defeat evil. We take St George as a patron for people living here - and as he was born in historic Palestine, we pray to him to remember us and this holy land.
It is said that he once lived in al-Khadr near Bethlehem, on land owned by his mother's family. While the saint's father is usually traced back to Cappadocia, an area in modern Turkey, it is believed his mother was Palestinian from Lydda - now Lod, in Israel.
The saint is remembered for giving away his possessions and remaining true to his religion when he was imprisoned and tortured before he was finally executed. A service is held for the saint at al-Khadr, bringing worshippers from the Bethlehem area and much further afield to light candles and say prayers.
During the feast, special bread is baked that shows him in his typical pose as a dragon slayer. Image copyright Yolande Knell Image caption The image of St George appears in the form of statues, mosaics and even bread top right Such images are also a permanent feature on many Palestinian Christian homes and public buildings.
It is thought that the saint brings them protection. We respect him a lot," explains sculptor Akram Anastas. We write underneath in Arabic 'God bless our house. He's a good friend of mine and I've found him many times in my life. He's my guardian angel," he says.
Image copyright Yolande Knell Image caption Sculptor Akram Anastas has made thousands of stone carvings of St George With its associations of courage, gallantry and honour, the Christian name, George, remains one of the most common in the Palestinian Territories. Other variants are Khadr Arabic for "green one" and Jeries.
In a Bethlehem coffee shop known locally as "Abu George" [the father of George], I sit with members of the Thalgieh family, who are all called George. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPalestinian men sing a song dedicated to St George "Maybe we have 10 people [named George] until now.
Perhaps in the future we will reach ," says George Elias Saba Thalgieh. We all believe that St George will help us when we need him. If you have an accident the first thing you say is 'Ya Khadr' - it means we are calling for St George to help us. Our grandfather is George, I am George so now my sons will name their sons George," adds the older man's nephew, George Nabil George Thalgieh, a well-known singer.
Image copyright Yolande Knell Image caption The many Georges of the Talgieh family standing outside the "Abu George" coffee shop Anticipating this year's St George's Day, the two generations join in a traditional verse. More on St George.He is My Hero I have no doubt, when I state that my grandfather remains to be one of the people who have defined the person that I am today.
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