Monowara Begum Moni from Stuttgart, Germany
As usual the Stuttgart Fair was held from 5-8 April 2018. A part of this fair was “Garden Show”. It was an appropriate fair at the beginning of Spring. In summer The Europeans like to make Grill/Barbecue. Most of them like Mediterranean foods, sausage among the popular items. Of course, the preparation begins earlier.During my visit to the fair I saw some Old trees like Bonsai. Actu
ally, they are old Olive trees from Calabria, Italy.
As I talked to the owner Mr. Viscomi, of the olive trees, I got a more informative and interesting story about the trees. This kind of trees are growing most in part of Italy´s Padova, Verona and Gardasee. He told me, that such Trees are the generation assets and they never cut the trees and its wood won´t be used for furniture. They belive, the cutting of these trees means, the amputation of a human body. Wow!
These trees mean a Lucky charm. As the Calabrian people go to the church, they take an olive branch with them. An olive tree dies rarely.
The Greek philosopher Democritus believed a diet of honey and olive oil would allow a man to live 100 years.
To keep these trees alive in Germany’s icy winters, they are wrapped in a thick mattress made of fibers and plastic canvas, and warmed with an electric heater. And bringing them to live in a heated greenhouse in a northern country.
Some of Spain’s olive trees are over a thousand years old and that makes them valuable garden ornaments for rich folks in the Middle East, the U.S National Flags with the Olive Branch.
Greece: The olive branch is a symbol of peace or victory. Historically, olive branches were worn by brides and virgins in as a custom of Ancient Greece. Does it represent peace here?
Cyprus: The Cyprus Flag features a map of the entire island with two olive branches below on a white flag.
UN: The United Nations flag is blue with white design. Featured on the flag is a map of the world in white, surrounded in a wreath of crossed olive branches. The olive branch symbolizes peace here as well and the world map represents all the people and countries of the world. Blue and white are the official colors of the UN.
Eritrea: The flag of Eritrea is dominated by a red isosceles triangle which starts at the hoist and ends at the fly. The red triangle is flanked by a green triangle above it and a blue below it. Inside the isosceles triangle is a golden wreath encircling a golden olive branch.
Olive trees are hardy and drought-, disease- and fire-resistant — part of the reason for their longevity.
USA: From the eagle’s perspective, it holds a bundle of 13 arrows in its left talon (referring to the 13 original states), and an olive branch in its right talon, together symbolizing that the United States has a strong desire for peace, but will
always be ready for war." (see Olive Branch Petition). Although not specified by law, the olive branch is usually depicted with 13 leaves and 13 olives, again representing the 13 original states. The eagle has its head turned towards the olive branch, on its right side, said to symbolize a preference for peace.
Olive Branch a Symbol of Peace?
Long before the ancient Greeks used the olive branch as a symbol of peace and victory, the Bible recorded that the dove brought an olive branch to the ark as a message that the Great Flood had ended.
Following the Great Flood, Noah dispatched birds from the ark to see if the water had receded. At first, he sent a raven, but it found no place to rest and came back to the ark. Then he sent a dove, but the bird returned as well. Then, on the 301st day of the Great Flood, Noah sent the dove yet again. The dove stayed away all day, and then “the dove came in to him in the evening, and, saw in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off; and Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.