World Olive Tree Day 2020: The executive board of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has recommended that November 26 of every year will be celebrated as World Olive Tree Day.
According to UNESCO, the annual celebration of World Olive Tree Day “will help to protect this ancient plant and preserve its long-standing value.” The board also pointed out the significance of the olive tree as a universal symbol of peace and harmony.
Reasons why World Olive Tree Day should be celebrated?
- Olive trees: a gift to the environment
Olive trees benefit the environment in many ways. They contribute to the preservation of natural resources and biodiversity. The trees act as agents in combating global warming and desertification. Evidence shows that olive growing increases atmospheric carbon dioxide fixation in the soil. Grown in 56 countries, the olive tree boosts sustainable cultivation. It also expands the agricultural area globally.
- The secret of Mediterranean health
Olive trees make olives and olive oil. Both are very nutritious and healthy. They are the key ingredients in the Mediterranean diet. Many renowned chefs include them in their recipes as a sign of high quality and nutritive value. Olive oil is famous for its anti-oxidant properties and therapeutical values. Research shows that it can prevent several diseases. Cancer, heart problems, arthritis, and obesity, to name but a few.
- A symbol of life
The olive tree is one of the most beloved trees in the history of mankind. People considered it sacred since Ancient Greek times. It has always been a symbol of longevity, peace, harmony, growth, rebirth, and friendship. It has also inspired various artists, poets, and writers all around the world.