Olive Trees play a very significant role in the Palestinian Tradition. They have been always considered both an indispensable element of Palestinian livelihood and a symbolic token of peace and prosperity.
The months of October and November mark the Olive Harvest season in Palestine. It is a very joyful time and brings a lot of festivals in all over the country. In Bethlehem, we are going to celebrate it on the 29th of October 2011. Visitor Information Center would like to invite you our city at that day – as it is going to be a time full of interesting events and attractions!!
Now as the olives are already collected and half of the work considering the olive harvest is done came the time to process them to be eatable and tasty. It is the time to pickle olives or press them for olive oil. The Palestinian Farmers and Olive Oil Cooperatives would like to present to everyone on the 11th Olive Harvest Festival 2011, which is going to last the whole day (29.10.2011) from 10 am till 8 pm.
The 11th Olive Harvest Festival is an event which is going to feature: Olives, Olive Oil, Wood, Soap, Traditional Food, Tile Making, Embroidery & Palestinian Folkloric Shows. There will be a traditional market in the heart of Bethlehem – the Manger Square, and plenty of interesting performances. Most of the shows are prepared by the school students of Bethlehem and surroundings. There are going to be multiple Dabkeh performances, which is the traditional Palestinian dance. Check the following picture to know the schedule of the festival:
What is more, the Visitor Information Center prepared a special event to crown the Olive Harvest 2011. On the occasion of the Olive Harvest Season 2011 the VIC and Canaan Fair Trade have a pleasure to invite you for ”Olive Oil Tasting & Tours”. Come to the VIC on the 29th of October to meet the Canaan Fair Trade representative to learn more!!
The VIC would like to introduce you to the Canaan Fair Trade company, their organic fair trade products & the tours organized around their olive oil production facility in Burqin. It is a repetition of the event form the last week, which was a great success, but this time with more products and possibility to buy them. Now everybody can support the local community of Palestinian Farmers!! AND learn about the tour the VIC is going to make on the 4th of October to Burqin and the Canaan Facility!
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That’s not the end of the events of the Saturday 29.10.2011. There are also evening attractions:
- “Revival” Safar Theater in Dar Annadwa at 7 PM. Price 10 NIS.
- Classical Music Concert for Peace and Freedom Palestine 2011 in the Bethlehem University Hall at 8 PM